Only 48 Percent of Americans Trust Donald Trump to Handle Coronavirus Crisis, Poll Says

As cases of novel coronavirus increase worldwide, a new poll indicates that Americans aren't confident that President Donald Trump will deal with the pandemic.

The poll, conducted March 11-13 by NBC News and The Wall Street Journal, asked 900 registered voters -- including 438 Democratic primary voters -- about the ongoing outbreak. The poll has a margin of error of 3.27 percent.

When asked who they carried the most confidence in to handle the spread of COVID-19, the respiratory illness caused by the new coronavirus, respondents put most confidence in their respective state government at 75 percent. Of those answers, 53 percent indicated a 'fair' amount of confidence; 22 percent a 'great deal of confidence'; 15 percent with 'not very much'; and 8 percent with none.

In comparison, those surveyed expressed 62 percent confidence in the federal government's response, while 48 percent were confident in Trump's response. For Trump, 35 percent said they have no confidence in his response to the pandemic; 25 percent said a great deal of confidence; 23 percent a fair amount; and 15 percent no confidence.

For the federal government, 62 percent said they felt a great or fair amount while 36 percent said 'not much' or no confidence in responses from Congress and federal agencies.

Local governments saw 72 percent confidence in their actions regarding the outbreak.

The survey answers come after numerous press conferences and addresses this week to Americans by Trump. On Wednesday, the president announced a travel ban that restricted foreign nationals from 26 European countries from entering the United States as cases of COVID-19 ramp up in Europe. At the time, the ban did not include the United Kingdom and Ireland. But on Saturday both countries were added to the advisory.

Friday saw Trump also declare a national state of emergency, allowing the federal government to access funding and give aid to state and local governments.

"The action I am taking will open up access to up to $50 billion of very important and a large amount of money for states and territories and localities in our shared fight against this disease," Trump said while making the announcement in the Rose Garden.

The NBC News/WSJ poll also asked if respondents approve or disapprove of Trump's handling of the disease, 51 percent disapproved while 49 approved.

An additional breakdown of those answers indicates 84 percent of Democrats disapproved of Trump's response, while 81 percent of Republicans approved.

That partisan divide also extends to the approach by survey respondents regarding how they will handle the fallout from the growing number of COVID-19 cases. Sixty-eight percent of Democrats said they are concerned their family will contract the virus compared to 40 percent of Republicans.

Sixty-one percent of Democrats also said they could avoid large gatherings of people while only 30 percent of Republicans said the same. Additionally, 47 percent of Democrats and 23 percent of Republicans polled said they would cancel travel plans.

However, 60 percent of those polled on both sides of the aisle said they believe the worst has yet to come for the U.S. in relation to the coronavirus. Thirty-one percent said they don't feel the virus will be a major problem, and 6 percent said the worst has already come and gone.

According to a tracker from Johns Hopkins University, there are 2,952 COVID-19 cases in the U.S., there have been at least 60 deaths in the country related to the virus. There are over 156,000 cases worldwide and over 5,800 deaths. Over 74,000 people have recovered from the illness.

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WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 14: U.S. President Donald Trump speaks in the press briefing room at the White House on March 14, 2020 in Washington, DC. President Trump also told reporters he was tested for the novel coronavirus Friday night but did not reveal the results and said he did not know when he would get them. Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images/Getty