US President Donald Trump delivers a speech during a tour of the Double Eagle Energy Oil Rig in Midland, Texas, US, July 29, 2020. (Photo: Agencies)
WASHINGTON - US President Donald Trump's approval rating registered a decrease to 44 percent amid rapidly surging COVID-19 cases and deaths in the country, a recent US poll has found.
The poll, conducted online by US media outlet The Hill and survey research company HarrisX on July 24-26, collected the opinions of 2,842 registered voters in the United States.
The approval rating figure decreased 2 percentage points compared with a same survey conducted three weeks ago, the poll said.
In addition, 58 percent of registered voters in the poll expressed disapproval of Trump's handling of the COVID-19 pandemic, while 42 percent showed approval.
US COVID-19 deaths have passed the 150,000 mark on Wednesday, with the country's caseload exceeding 4.4 million as of Wednesday evening, according to a tally by Johns Hopkins University.
As the country is struggling with a resurgence of COVID-19, a new federal report published by The New York Times has found that 21 US states now have coronavirus outbreaks serious enough to place them in the government's so-called "red zone."