Who's handling COVID-19 well? New national poll shows a couple surprises

By KYW Newsradio 1060
WEST LONG BRANCH, N.J. (KYW Newsradio) — A newly released national poll suggests Americans may be getting weary of COVID-19 and the restrictions imposed as a result.

The Monmouth University poll finds 52% of the country believing the U.S. is handling the pandemic worse than other countries. Further, 72% of respondents suggest the U.S. is on the wrong track. 

President Donald Trump gets most of the blame, but pollster Patrick Murray says now governors are starting to feel the heat.

“We have it at currently 57% saying that their state’s governor is doing a good job,” Murray told KYW Newsradio. “The high point for that was 73% back in May. So it’s still a positive number, but I think people are starting to get tired of what’s happening with COVID — that it keeps spreading, that the openings keep closing back up again.”

But it’s more than that. Murray suggests partisanship is seeping into those state numbers, with governors in the Northeast averaging almost 70% approvals.

“One of the reasons why the Northeast is basically doing well is that most of them have Democratic governors. Most of them are Democratic states,” he added. “We see the Midwest as the area that seems to be doing the worst in terms of those ratings. In the South, that seems to be the hardest hit right now. Republican voters are giving good reviews to Republican governors.”

One final number of note. Only one in 4 believes we as a people have done a good job controlling the spread.