Trump's Approval Rating Plummets as Majority of Americans Trust Nothing He Says on Virus: Poll

President Donald Trump's approval rating on his handling of the coronavirus pandemic has plummeted as a majority of Americans said they distrust what he says about the outbreak, according to a new poll.

The ABC News/Washington Post poll shows that 64 percent of the 1,006 Americans surveyed do not trust what Trump says about the health crisis, with only 34 percent saying they trust him.

The poll also revealed that 60 percent of Americans disapprove of Trump's handling of the outbreak, while just 38 percent approve of the job he has done. Twenty-four percent of those surveyed identified as Republican, and 69 percent of participants were either Democrats or independents.

Trump's approval rating on the issue has fallen drastically since a March 25 poll conducted by ABC News. That survey said the president had a 51 percent approval rating on his handling of the pandemic, along with a 45 percent disapproval rating.

Americans were also asked if they felt controlling the outbreak was a priority even if it hurt the economy, or if restarting the economy was more important than making sure the outbreak was under control. Sixty-three percent said that controlling the outbreak should be prioritized, while 33 percent said the economy should be restarted despite the outbreak.

There were 1.3 million unemployment claims for the week ending July 11, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. For 17 straight weeks, over 1 million Americans have filed for unemployment.

The Labor Department also said there have been 15 straight weeks of declining claims. Data also showed that as of July 4, 17.33 million Americans have been receiving continuous benefits, meaning they have collected benefits for at least two straight weeks.

Trump said a July 8 tweet that the "economy and jobs are growing much faster than anyone" expected. According to a July 2 report from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the unemployment rate in June declined to 11.1 percent after the economy added 4.8 million jobs in that month.

"These improvements in the labor market reflected the continued resumption of economic activity that had been curtailed in March and April due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and efforts to contain it," the BLS report stated.

"In June, employment in leisure and hospitality rose sharply. Notable job gains also occurred in retail trade, education and health services, other services, manufacturing, and professional and business services," the report added.

The ABC News/Washington Post poll was conducted July 12 to 15 and has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.5 percent.

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

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President Donald Trump on the South Lawn as he returns to the White House on July 11. Most Americans say they do not trust what the president says about the coronavirus pandemic, according to a new poll. Saul Loeb/Getty
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