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Americans Overwhelmingly Approve of Trump’s Coronavirus Travel Ban

President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting with tourism industry executives about the coronavirus, in the Cabinet Room of the White House, Tuesday, March 17, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

The media’s desperate attempts to undermine public confidence in Trump’s response to the coronavirus pandemic doesn’t seem to be working as well as they’d hoped.

A recent Rasmussen Reports survy found that “80% of American Adults agree with the federal government’s decision to temporarily ban travelers from China and nearly all European countries to prevent the possible spread of coronavirus. Only 12% disagree.” Broken down by party affiliation, 91 percent of Republicans agree with the ban, while 78 percent of Democrats and 75 percent of unaffiliated voters agree.

Experts agree that Trump’s decision to close travel with China in the early days of the outbreak saved lives.

The survey also found that 70 percent “think the schools in their state should be closed in response to the virus,” while only 19 percent disagree. Nearly two-thirds of Americans agree that “the numerous event closures and postponements in response to coronavirus are good thinking,” while 26 percent think they’re a panicked overreaction.

While Americans clearly support Trump’s actions, once Trump’s name is introduced to polling, we see how politics comes into play in public opinion. And it’s clear that the media’s anti-Trump propaganda campaign has had an impact, as public approval dropped from 61 percent in February to 47 percent today. However, most Americans are not happy with how the media is covering the crisis, including 60 percent of independents.

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Matt Margolis is the author of Trumping Obama: How President Trump Saved Us From Barack Obama’s Legacy and the bestselling book The Worst President in History: The Legacy of Barack Obama. You can follow Matt on Twitter @MattMargolis