Polling Update: Trump Press Conference Viewership Declines

April 16, 2020

Coronavirus Tracking Update


Firehouse Strategies and 0ptimus Analytics have teamed up on two parallel online tracking surveys asking Americans about the current coronavirus pandemic and their attitudes in the midst of the crisis. We will be sharing the results of our surveys on a regular basis through biweekly updates on our website every Monday and Thursday. The tracking poll will be running on a rolling basis until the end of the coronavirus outbreak in the United States. Our key findings and trendlines for today’s data points are found on our GitHub page and
linked below.

Key Points

  • 55% of Americans say they have seen Trump’s daily press conferences over the past week (a decrease since last week, when 64% said they tuned in). 27% say these press conferences are very useful (last week, that figure was 32%).


  • 73% of Americans say they are somewhat or very worried that they or a family member may contract coronavirus, a figure that has remained steady over the past two weeks.


  • Among 2020 general election likely voters, Trump’s approval rating on coronavirus (49%) is currently lower than the approval ratings of Congress (57%) and governors (75%) on the issue. In a national head-to-head with Joe Biden, he fares poorly, currently facing a 12-point deficit (42-54). At the onset of our tracking in late March, the deficit was 8 points (43-51).


  • Only 21% of Americans think the economy will improve over the next month and only 24% of Americans currently describe the economy as “good” or “excellent”. 50% of Americans believe that it will get worse over the next month, a gradual improvement from the 59% who thought the same last week.


Full Results

The full toplines, crosstabs, and methodology can be found on our GitHub page here: https://github.com/optimus-forecasting-and-polling/Firehouse-0ptimus-Coronavirus-Tracking/tree/master/April-16-2020