The vast majority of Republican voters approve of the U.S. economy’s state and how the government handled the coronavirus, saying the level of deaths has been acceptable, a new poll shows.
Heading into their party’s convention on Monday, 75% of Republicans say the U.S. is in better condition than it was four years ago, with 82% crediting President Trump for that, according to the national survey from CBS News and pollster YouGov released Sunday.
Almost 70% of Republicans said the national economy is good and that U.S. handling of the coronavirus is going well, with over half 57% saying that the number of U.S. deaths from the pandemic, which now number over 175,000, has been accepted.
About two-thirds of Republican respondents said the coronavirus death count is lower than reported.
The results show the support President Trump still has within Republican ranks, despite the U.S. dipping into a recession, reporting the highest unemployment rate in decades, and continuing to log sizeable new COVID-19 cases and deaths.
While most national polls show Democrat Joe Biden leading Donald Trump, the CBS survey is a reminder that much of President Trump’s base approves of the current administration, which speaks to voter enthusiasm and potential turnout.
It also showed a deep split between voters of the two parties: only about one-third of Democrats see the U.S. as better now than four years ago, two-thirds categorize the economy as bad, and around the same proportion say the U.S. response to the pandemic is going poorly.
9 in 10 Democrats say the level of coronavirus deaths has been unacceptable. Independents split the difference between the parties, with 67% saying deaths have been unacceptably high.
The survey, which included 2,226 registered voters, was conducted August 19-21 and had a margin of error of plus or minus 2.4 percentage points.