Leadership amidst crisis: How does President Trump fare?

The COVID-19 pandemic has been nothing short of a test for world leaders, forced as they were to navigate through this sudden, unprecedented crisis. This report delves into America’s opinion of President Trump vis-a-vis his global counterparts. With elections around the corner, political parties can leverage this data in their campaigns and decision making.

The COVID-19 pandemic forced world leaders to make quick decisions and implement policies that had massive health and economic implications for their people. This, in turn, has massively impacted their approval ratings, with several leaders seeing a huge uptick in their popularity as the crisis progressed.

Americans, historically, have rallied behind their leader in turbulent times. Has the trend continued amid COVID-19 as well? What do Americans think of President Trump’s leadership as compared to his counterparts? Piplsay polled 10,400 Americans nationwide to get the answers. Here’s a summary of what found:

Other Insights

  • Only 51% of New Jersey residents and 46% of New Yorkers think President Trump’s handling of the pandemic is poor compared to other heads of states
  • Despite the negative publicity, Chinese president Xi Jinping ranks fifth in the list of top leaders for both Gen Zers and Millennials
  • 11% of women and 9% of men approve of Jacinda Arden’s leadership as compared to 9% of men and 8% of women who approve of Angela Merkel
“It is easy to dismiss Trump, but he has tried to manage the situation well, given the difficult situation. No world leader was prepared for this pandemic when it began” – Robert
“Trump has made a mockery of himself with his statements and suggestions. He should see how leaders from Germany, Canada, and even Italy have conducted themselves during this crisis” – Jennifer

Survey Methodology: This Piplsay survey (powered by Market Cube) was conducted nationwide in the US from May 21-22, 2020. We received 10,400 online responses from individuals aged 18 years and older.

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