Trump Says U.S. Doing Better Job Than Other Countries on COVID, but Only 15% of Americans Agree

President Donald Trump recently suggested that the U.S. is doing a better job at handling the coronavirus pandemic compared with other countries, but only 15 percent of Americans agree, according to a new poll.

The poll, which was conducted by Monmouth University, found that less than 1 in 5 Americans believe that the U.S. is doing a better job at handling ongoing pandemic, while 52 percent said the U.S. was doing a worse job, and 29 percent said about the same.

Monmouth University surveyed 868 U.S. adults from August 6 to August 10 via telephone. The poll has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.3 percentage points.

The poll's findings come shortly after Trump suggested that the U.S. has handled the pandemic better than other countries across the globe.

"When you look at the job we've done, compared to others, we've done a great job," Trump told reporters during a press conference at the White House.

During the recent press conference, Trump also suggested that the U.S. has been affected less by the virus when compared to other countries.

"We've done a great job and on top of that, when you look at the numbers, how we were impacted less than these other countries," Trump said. "And now you look at the explosion of countries that you would have said did such a good job, and some of them had advantages over us for obvious reasons having to do with the pandemic."

Despite Trump's suggestion, the U.S. has remained the country with the most confirmed cases of the new coronavirus for several months. According to a tracker provided by Johns Hopkins University, the U.S. currently has over 5.2 million confirmed cases as well as at least 166,483 deaths. The U.S. has over 2 million more cases than Brazil, which is the country with the second most confirmed cases.

When looking at the amount of deaths caused by the virus, the U.S. has three times more than any other country, except for Brazil, which currently has at least 104,201 confirmed deaths, according to the tracker.

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President Donald Trump answers questions during a news conference in the Brady Briefing Room of the White House on August 12. Despite Trump's statements to the contrary, the U.S. has remained the country with the most confirmed cases of the new coronavirus for several months. Nicholas Kamm/Getty

Trump has made similar suggestions in the past, and during an interview with Axios, he stated that the pandemic is "under control as much as you can control it."

"First of all, we have done a great job," Trump said during the interview, adding that his administration has done an "incredible" job in combating the virus.

The poll also found a majority of Americans, 57 percent, saying that Trump was doing a "bad job" at handling the pandemic. According to the poll, this was an increase from previous surveys, as 45 percent said the same in March and 51 percent in May.

Newsweek reached out to the White House for comment but did not receive a response in time for publication.

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