New data from the AEI COVID-19 and American Life Survey, conducted in June even before the current spike in cases, reveals that Americans across the board are not happy with the Trump administration’s performance during this crisis.
The level of dissatisfaction in red states that went for President Trump in 2016 is ominous for Republicans. Only about 11% of red state residents believe that the federal government is managing the crisis very well, compared with 8% of blue state residents. The difference in approval between individual states is not big either; California, for instance, shows a 10% approval for the Trump administration and most states fall within the same range, give or take a few points. In other words, the frustration didn’t break down along traditional political lines.