AP-NORC poll: Trump faces deep pessimism as election nears

  • A new AP-NORC poll finds about a quarter of Americans say the U.S. is headed in the right direction, markedly lower than at the start of this year, but up slightly from July.

  • A new AP-NORC poll finds that about 4 in 10 Americans approve of President Donald Trump’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic. Half approve of Trump on the economy.

  • In this Aug. 31, 2020 file photo, President Donald Trump speaks during a news conference in the James Brady Press Briefing Room in Washington. Most Americans are deeply pessimistic about the direction of the country and skeptical of President Donald Trump’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic. That’s according to a new poll from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research. The survey shows that roughly 7 in 10 Americans think the nation is on the wrong track. And as the nation nears 200,000 deaths from the coronavirus pandemic, just 39% of Americans approve of Trump’s handling of the health crisis. Americans have a more favorable views of public health officials, as they have throughout the pandemic. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

WASHINGTON — Less than seven weeks before Election Day, most Americans are deeply pessimistic about the direction of the country and skeptical about President Donald Trump’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic.