CA Coronavirus Survey: Trump In Disfavor, Job Losses Hit Hard

Jean Dubail

CALIFORNIA — A majority of California residents disapprove of the federal government's response to the coronavirus pandemic, and an even greater majority disapprove of President Donald Trump's performance during the crisis, according to an informal reader survey Patch conducted Tuesday.

About 56 percent of the survey's nearly 10,500 respondents said they are dissatisfied or very dissatisfied with the federal response, compared with 33 percent who say they are either satisfied or very satisfied.

Sixty-two percent of respondents said they are either dissatisfied or very dissatisfied with the president's performance, compared with 32 percent saying they are satisfied or very satisfied. Among those expressing the strongest views, those describing themselves as very dissatisfied outnumbered the very satisfied by a ratio of nearly 3 to 1.

Respondents thought better of the state government's response to the crisis, with 74 percent expressing positive views about its performance. The same percentage expressed positive views about Gov. Gavin Newsom's performance, although his share of "very satisfied" answers was even greater than that of the state government as a whole.

The survey, which appeared in questionnaire form earlier Tuesday on Patch, is meant not to be a scientific poll but only to give a broad idea of public sentiment.

The survey included questions about how California residents have fared in the economic downturn resulting from the pandemic, and for many the picture is grim.

About 14 percent of respondents said they had been laid off, furloughed or dismissed as a result of the pandemic, and another 18 percent said they had lost significant working hours. But 31 percent said a family member had lost a job, and 25 percent said a family member had lost significant working hours.

Finally, the survey asked how well respondents are complying with stay-at-home orders and social distancing guidelines.

Some 80 percent of respondents say they almost always comply with the state's stay-at-home order, and 89 percent said they almost always practice social distancing when they must leave their homes.

But respondents don't think their neighbors are doing nearly so well at following the rules. Only 27 percent said others in the community almost always comply, while 41 percent said those others often do and 27 percent said only sometimes.

Results for each of the survey's nine questions appear below.


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This article originally appeared on the Across California Patch