Pennsylvanians overwhelmingly support Gov. Tom Wolf’s response to COVID-19, while just over half approve of President Donald Trump’s reaction to the pandemic.
According to a new Baldwin Wallace University Great Lakes Poll, in partnership with Oakland University and Ohio Northern University of self identified registered voters, 69.4% strongly or somewhat approve of Wolf’s handling of the coronavirus, while 21.5% either strongly or somewhat disapprove of the governor’s response, and 9.1% unsure.
However, Pennsylvanians are much more divided over Trump’s response to COVID-19. Just over half, 52.2%, either strongly or somewhat approve of Trump’s handling of the coronavirus, while 42.5% say that they either strongly or somewhat disapprove. 5.3% said that they are unsure about Trump’s response to the virus.
While this poll shows Trump with a narrow edge over former Vice President Joe Biden in the state for the general election, voters feel split on how Biden would respond to COVID-19. 33.2% polled said that Biden would do a better job handling COVID-19 than Trump, while 33% believe the former Vice President would do a worse job than the current president. 19.8% said that Biden’s handling of the virus would be about the same as Trump’s, while 17.4% said that they are unsure.
Trump holds a several point lead over Sen. Bernie Sanders in the state for the general election, and Pennsylvanians narrowly trust the current president more than the Vermont Senator in regards to the coronavirus response. 34.2% polled said that Sanders would do a better job handling COVID-19 than Trump, while 38.4% polled believe that the Vermont Senator would do a worse job than the current president. 11.5% said that Sanders handling of the virus would be about the same as Trump’s, while 15.9% said that they are unsure.
Coronavirus Impact on PA’s Economy
One thing that nearly all Pennslyvanians can agree on in regards to COVID-19 is their thoughts about how it will impact the economy.
87.5% of Pennsylvanians polled said that they are either very or somewhat concerned about the impact that COVID-19 will have on the economy, while 9.5% said they were not too concerned or not concerned at all about the virus’s impact, and 2.7% said that they were unsure.
Three quarters, 75.8%, polled said they are very or somewhat concerned about the impact that COVID-19 will have on their personal finances, while 21.4% said they were not too concerned or not concerned at all about the virus’s impact, and 2.8% said they were unsure.
A majority of Pennslvanians also believe the worst is yet to come with the virus. 65.4% believe the worst is yet to come with COVID-19, while 10.4% believe that the worst is behind us, and 11% believe that the virus is not likely to be a major problem.
This overall poll, surveying 973 self-identified registered voters in Pennsylvania, collected data between March 17 to March 25, has a margin of error of +/-3.9 percent.
The full data can be found here.