字幕列表 影片播放 列印英文字幕 Welcome to week five of Washington DC's official coronavirus lockdown, though most of us have now been working from home for the best part of two months. The topic occupying a lot of people's minds in the city this week is Donald Trump's reputation. After a tumultuous week last week in which he appeared to suggest injecting antiseptic might be a treatment for the virus, before then insisting that he was being sarcastic, the president this weekend abruptly cancelled his daily media appearances. The Washington Post reported that this was because he had been presented with polling evidence showing that he was slipping in the polls and falling behind his rival Joe Biden in certain key swing states. His advisers apparently had told him that his occasionally erratic media performances were to blame. Well, it is certainly true that Donald Trump's rating has fallen in recent weeks after a bump during the initial phases of the outbreak. But then the same is true for pretty much every major world democratic leader. Countries across the world have rallied behind their governments in the early stages of this crisis, before then asking slightly tougher policy questions about those governments responses in recent weeks. The remarkable thing for Donald Trump is how stable his approval ratings have remained throughout all of this. In fact, his approval rating has remained within a band of 35 per cent to 45 per cent for pretty much the entirety of his presidency. Compare that with Boris Johnson, for example, whose approval ratings started off this year at around 48 per cent before soaring to 66 per cent just a few weeks ago and then drifting slightly to 60 per cent. What that tells me about Donald Trump is that pretty much most Americans have made up their minds about him. Just under half like him. Just over half dislike him. That really hasn't changed throughout everything - throughout the Russia allegations, throughout the impeachment inquiry, and now throughout the coronavirus outbreak. That doesn't, however, mean that he is set to lose the next election. Remember that in 2016 he lost the popular vote to Hillary Clinton but won enough of those key swing states to beat her in the overall election. The same could happen this time around regardless of coronavirus.