More than half of people in the U.S. do not trust what President Trump has said about a vaccine for the coronavirus (52%), while 26% trust what he has said and 20% say they are not aware.
Even among members of the president’s own party, just 58% trust what he has said about a vaccine, with 14% saying they don’t trust him and 27% saying they are not aware. Among Democrats and Democratic leaners, 88% do not trust Trump’s statements about a vaccine, 3% trust him, and 9% say they are not aware. Among independents, 55% do not trust what Trump has said, 10% trust him, and 34% are not aware.
Overall, 43% of people approve of the president’s handling of the federal response to the coronavirus, unchanged from previous weeks. State governors continue to have higher marks for their handling of the coronavirus: nationally, 58% of people say they approve of the job their governor is doing to address the pandemic.
The president’s recent emphasis on law and order is resonating with Republicans. Nationwide, 47% of people say they are very or somewhat worried they or someone in their family will be exposed to crime and violence in their community, while 52% say they are not too worried or not at all worried. Significantly more Republicans than Democrats (58% vs. 36%) say they are worried they will be exposed to crime and violence where they live. Independents are split evenly (50% worried, 49% not worried).