President Donald Trump speaks about the coronavirus in the James Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House, Tuesday, March 31, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
UPDATED 8:38 AM PT — Wednesday, April 1, 2020
The latest coronavirus crisis has provided an unexpected boost in popularity to both President Trump and U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson.
A recent report by British newspaper “Financial Times” found the president’s approval rating has risen by 5 percent since January as many Americans have praised his response to the virus. This includes daily White House briefings on the pandemic, decisions to shutdown travel from China and deploying the U.S. military to fight the illness.
“I think what’s really key is how the president will handle the coming back to work for most Americans, we do see a partisan divide,” said Mohamed Younis, editor-in-chief for Gallup.
For his part, Johnson had a 25 percent jump in ratings this year, which has made him the most popular elected official in the world. The prime minister has continued to work from his office at 10 Downing Street by holding daily cabinet meetings and addressing the nation via video conference after contracting COVID-19 earlier in March.
In this handout photo provided by Number 10 Downing Street, Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson chairs the morning Covid-19 Meeting remotely after self isolating after testing positive for the coronavirus, at 10 Downing Street, London, Saturday, March 28, 2020. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people, but for some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. (Andrew Parsons/10 Downing Street via AP)
“That is to say you’ve got operations – the bronze level. You’ve got tactics – the silver level. You’ve got strategy – the gold level. And you’ve got the cabinet office briefing level, sometimes called platinum.”
— Prof. David Alexander, Institute for Risk and Disaster Reduction – University College London
Experts have said both leaders are winning popular support despite the American and British economies facing risks of recession due to coronavirus-related shutdowns. This comes to a great dismay of the Democrat and Labour opposition parties in both countries.