US ELECTION WATCH
It’s 222 days until the US Presidential elections and a Gallup poll published on Tuesday (24 March) showed Donald Trump’s overall approval rating rising to match the all-time high of his presidency, at 49%, while 60% of Americans gave him positive reviews for his handling of the coronavirus situation.
What to watch and why it matters: The US has now become the second-hardest hit country by the coronavirus pandemic worldwide. In a rare pivot to seriousness, which contrasted sharply with some of his previous comments on the pandemic, Trump unveiled a 15-day plan to try to flatten the curve of new infections. Just this week, the Senate approved an unprecedented $2 trillion aid bill, which promises payouts to millions of Americans, increases jobless aid and creates a business bailout fund. Historically, polling shows a rallying effect behind a president during national challenges, which means that once the crisis is over numbers could come back to ‘normal’.