Americans' Approval of How Trump Handled Coronavirus Reaches All-Time Low

President Donald Trump's handling of the new coronavirus pandemic has received the lowest approval rating on record, according to a new poll.

The poll, which was conducted by Reuters/Ipsos, surveyed 1,115 U.S. adults from June 22 to June 23. The poll has a measure of precision of 3 percentage points.

According to the poll, 37 percent of Americans said they approved of Trump's handling of the coronavirus, which is the lowest on record since Reuters/Ipsos began asking the same question in March. In comparison, 58 percent said they disapproved of the president's response to the pandemic.

Since the start of the pandemic, Trump has been criticized for his response, with many believing that he has downplayed the severity of the virus.

The poll's findings come shortly after Trump held a presidential rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma, where he told fans that he has asked his staff to slow down coronavirus testing.

"I said to my people, 'Slow the testing down please,'" Trump said during the rally. Following his comments, a number of White House staff members, including press secretary Kayleigh McEnany, suggested that he was joking, but the president recently doubled down on his comments, saying, "I don't kid."

"Let me make it clear. We have got the greatest testing program anywhere in the world. We test better than anybody in the world. Our tests are the best in the world, and we have the most of them," Trump added. "By having more cases it sounds bad, but actually what it is, is finding more people."

The new coronavirus, which causes the respiratory disease COVID-19, continues to spread across the U.S., and several states, such as Arizona, Texas and California have seen surges in cases over the past few weeks. According to a tracker provided by Johns Hopkins University, there are currently over 2.3 million people across the U.S. as well as at least 121,729 deaths.

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Donald Trump speaks to reporters before boarding Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House on June 23. Recently Trump said, "Our tests are the best in the world, and we have the most of them. By having more cases it sounds bad, but actually what it is, is finding more people." Drew Angerer/Getty

A separate poll conducted by ABC News/Ipsos, released on Sunday, found similar results for American's views on Trump's handling of the coronavirus pandemic. According to this poll, 58 percent of Americans said they disapprove of Trump's response to the pandemic, while 41 percent said they approved.

This poll surveyed 727 U.S. adults from June 17 to June 18 and has a margin of error of plus or minus 4.1 percentage points.

The poll conducted by Reuters/Ipsos also found that Trump currently trails presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden by 10 percentage points.

Newsweek reached out to Trump's campaign for comment on the poll's findings but did not receive a response in time for publication.

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