Trump was too slow in virus response: poll
Washington: Nearly two-thirds of Americans say President Donald Trump was too slow in taking major steps to address the threat to the United States from new coronavirus, a poll said.
According to the Pew Research Center, 65 percent said Trump was tardy in responding when cases of the COVID-19 illness were first reported in other countries.
He initially downplayed the virus and has been keen to end the resulting lockdowns which have crippled the world's largest economy.
The Pew survey was conducted April 7-12 among a sample 4,917 American adults.
It found that 52 percent said Trump's public comments on the coronavirus outbreak are making the situation seem better than it really is.
Thirty-nine percent said he is presenting the situation about as it really is, while eight percent said he is making the situation seem worse than in reality.
Trump has been speaking at length during daily press conferences alongside medical experts.
On Thursday he recommended a gradual reopening of the economy, a day after saying "the data suggests that nationwide we have passed the peak on new cases." -AFP