Donald Trump blames everyone but himself for the coronavirus crisis. Will voters agree?

Donald Trump blames everyone but himself for the coronavirus crisis. Will voters agree?

In absolute numbers, the United States is suffering the world’s worst COVID-19 outbreak. How did this happen in a country with such vast resources?

There is plenty of blame to go around, from the early testing failures to the numerous officials who failed to act quickly.

How voters assign blame will be the key question of the 2020 presidential election. As president, Donald Trump is trying to deflect all blame from himself, while taking credit for anything that goes right.

It started by blaming the other side

Research from the past decade shows party identity is a major factor in how Americans assign blame for government failures. In the current partisan environment, many voters will simply blame the other side.

But the election will probably be decided at the margins, by people without strong party identities who usually pay little attention to politics.