Trump's Approval Rating Has Declined Most with Independents, Older Americans and Black Voters, Poll Finds

President Donald Trump's approval rating during the coronavirus pandemic has decreased among Independents, older Americans and black voters, according to a new poll.

The poll, which was conducted by Navigator, surveyed 1,009 U.S. adults and has a confidence interval of 3.1 percentage points. The Navigator poll has conducted surveys since March 30 and has found that Trump's coronavirus approval rating has declined among three specific groups.

According to the poll, 28 percent of black voters said they approve of the way Trump is handling the coronavirus pandemic, while 68 percent said they disapproved, and 4 percent said they were not sure. The poll also found that Trump's coronavirus approval rating among black voters has continued to decrease since March.

Black voters also overwhelmingly disapprove of Trump's handling of the pandemic. According to the pollsters, his net approval rating, defined as the share who approve minus the share who disapprove, sharply decreased. The poll in March showed a negative 22 net approval rating among black voters, but this number plummeted to a negative 40 net approval rating.

Older Americans—ages 55 and older–and Americans who identify as Independents have also shown a decrease in their net approval rating of the way Trump has handled the coronavirus pandemic.

According to the poll, 46 percent of older Americans said they approve of Trump's handling of the coronavirus, while 52 percent said they disapprove, showing a net approval rating of negative 6 points. Comparatively, the first poll conducted in late-March found a 17 point net approval rating in the poll conducted in late-March, but this number has since decreased 23 points.

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U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during a press briefing about coronavirus testing in the Rose Garden of the White House on May 11, 2020, in Washington, D.C. Drew Angerer/Getty

Among Independents, 36 percent said they approve of the way Trump has handled the coronavirus, while 56 percent said they disapprove, and 8 percent said they were not sure. These findings show a negative 20 point net approval rating, which like the other groups, has decreased drastically since the first poll. In late-March, the poll found a plus 10 point net approval rating, but this number has since decreased by 30 points.

Overall, the poll found that a majority of Americans, 53 percent, disapprove of the way Trump has handled the coronavirus pandemic, compared with 44 percent who said they approve, showing a net approval rating of negative 9 points.

According to the poll, this number has stayed around the same since a previous poll on April 20 to April 27, but overall has decreased by 13 points since the initial poll in late-March.

Another recent poll, conducted by CNN and SSRS, found similar results, with 55 percent of Americans saying they disapprove with Trump's handling of the coronavirus, while 42 percent said they approved.