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A new low: Donald Trump has 32pc support for pandemic handling. Photo: Getty

A new low: Donald Trump has 32pc support for pandemic handling. Photo: Getty

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A new low: Donald Trump has 32pc support for pandemic handling. Photo: Getty

With the US election 100 days away, more Americans say the country is heading in the wrong direction than at any previous point in Donald Trump's presidency.

A new poll from the Associated Press-NORC Centre for Public Affairs Research also finds Mr Trump's approval for his handling of the Covid-19 pandemic falling to a new low, with just 32pc of Americans supportive of his approach.

Even Mr Trump's standing on the economy, long the high water mark for him, has fallen over the past few months after appearing ascendant earlier this year.

Those political headwinds have sparked a sudden summer shift in the White House and the Trump campaign.

After spending months playing down the pandemic and largely ignoring the virus's resurgence in several states, Mr Trump is now warning that the situation is likely to get worse before it gets better.

After repeatedly minimising the importance of wearing masks to limit the spread of the virus, Mr Trump is now urging Americans to wear them.

And after insisting he would press forward with a large campaign convention next month, he has announced he is scrapping those plans.

The AP-NORC poll shows eight in 10 Americans say the country is heading in the wrong direction, more than at any point since Mr Trump took office.

The poll also finds just 38pc of Americans say the national economy is good, down from 67pc in January, before the pandemic upended most aspects of everyday life.

Democratic candidate Joe Biden's campaign is eager to keep the final months of the campaign focused on Mr Trump. They are confident the former vice-president can emerge victorious if the contest is a referendum on whether the current commander in chief has succeeded during his four years in office.

Kate Bedingfield, Mr Biden's deputy campaign manager, said: "People are sick and tired of a government that is divided and broken and unable to get things done.

"What people feel like they're getting from Trump right now is a hodgepodge mess of self-interested political talk."

The past few months have proved beneficial for Mr Biden's campaign. He managed to swiftly consolidate the Democratic Party in ways Hillary Clinton struggled to do.

Fundraising, a weakness for him in the contest to become the nominee, has surged, allowing his campaign to build an infrastructure and start spending on adverts in both traditional battleground states and more aspirational targets.

Mr Biden has also benefited from Mr Trump landing on the wrong side of the public in his initial reactions to the pandemic.

Irish Independent