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Before the coronavirus, Joe Biden offered stability. Now he’s talking bold change

Monday, May 18, 2020

A recent poll from Navigator Research, a progressive group that does daily coronavirus-related surveys, found that 50% of Americans said the federal government should be doing more to improve the economy. A late April poll by the liberal Groundwork Collaborative found roughly 70% of respondents backed “major, sweeping action” by the government to address the pandemic’s economic impact.

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Navigator stands in solidarity with protesters across the country.

Read our statement here: https://navigatorresearch.org/solidarity/

Americans are most concerned by Trump ignoring the advice of medical experts pushing to cut health care.

Among those mixed on Trump, top concerns include his downplaying the risk early on (45%), blaming others (43%), and ignoring experts (40%).

A plurality of Americans say Democrats are “getting the timing about right on reopening,” while nearly three in five say Trump is moving too quickly to reopen, and nearly half say the same about Republicans in Congress.

(1/2) African Americans are more worried than the public overall on a number of health-related issues, including a second wave of the outbreak, other people not following precautions, and either getting infected or someone close to them getting infected.

Nearly two in three African Americans think the worst is yet to come, 14 points higher than the country overall.

African Americans are also 8 points more likely to consider the #coronavirus pandemic a “major crisis.”

(1/2) Nearly a quarter of African Americans know someone who has lost their life to #coronavirus, while nearly two in five know someone who has been infected.

2 in 3 Americans say that things are “off on the wrong track,” an increase of 5 points since last week.

African Americans (85%), younger Americans ages 18-34 (73%), and Americans that live in urban areas (69%) are particularly likely to say that things are on the wrong track.

A majority of Americans (55%) disapprove of how Trump is handling his job.

Nearly half of the country (46%) says they “strongly disapprove” of how Trump is handling his job, the highest in our tracking.

In our first Week 11 release from Navigator’s tracking, we are sharing findings to help illuminate the unequal effects of #coronavirus on African Americans:

-85% say America is on the wrong track
-23% know someone who has died from the virus
-Nearly 4 in 10 know someone infected

Majorities believe Trump is not doing enough to help regular people and get the country back on track, and that he made early mistakes that made our economic problems worse than they needed to be.

Most Americans dislike Trump threatening to withhold federal funding to states that expand mail voting.

Even among Republicans, support for Trump’s position is only at 56%. Among Republicans who watch Fox News, it’s at 66%.

Despite narratives of voter fraud and other unproven criticisms of expanding voting access, more than two in three Americans support allowing people to:

Vote at different times in-person
Fund the USPS to ensure mail-in ballots have no issues
Making Election Day a holiday

Nine in ten Americans have favorable views of the United States Postal Service.

Across party lines, at least four in five say that they are favorable to the USPS, including 86% of Republicans.

Despite the economic damage that’s already been done, nearly two in three Americans say they are more concerned about Trump reopening the country too quickly, prolonging the virus and making the economic situation worse. That includes 61% of Republicans.

While more than half of Americans view voting reforms in response to the pandemic are more important than addressing voter fraud (51%); the public responds best when reform is framed as “ensuring safe voting.”

Using 7,000+ interviews conducted over the last month, we again looked at 7% of the public who disapprove of Trump overall, but approve of his economic handling.

This “Conflicted” group overwhelmingly disapproves of Trump’s handling of the pandemic (77%).

TODAY >> Trump’s approval rating is down 6 points since April 20 and his approval continues to drop on metrics related to #coronavirus :

-16 on overall job approval
-16 on the issue of health care
-14 on handling the pandemic
-3 on the economy

Issues of race and inequality are still top-of-mind for Americans during the pandemic.

Despite heavy coverage of the pandemic, news such as the murder of #AhmaudArbery broke through. At the same time, controversies manufactured by Trump have been gaining less traction.

52% of Americans call Trump’s pandemic response a “failure”; including more than a third (35%) who say it has been a “BIG failure.”

Even more Americans agree that Trump’s handling of the pandemic made the impact worse than it should have been.

Americans characterize Trump’s pandemic response as “irresponsible,” “self-absorbed,” and “unprepared.”

50% say “self-absorbed” applies to Trump “very well.”

From Our Latest Poll >> Most Americans feel that Trump is trying to change the topic from #coronavirus due to his missteps in addressing the crisis.

Many also believe Trump is lying about Obama to cover up his own corruption.

Twitter feed video.From Our Latest Poll >> Most Americans feel that Trump is trying to change the topic from #coronavirus due to his missteps in addressing the crisis. 

Many also believe Trump is lying about Obama to cover up his own corruption.
Sarah Reese Jones@PoliticusSarah

Pelosi says Trump is trying to distract America from his coronavirus failure with an attack on social media companies.

Americans have several top concerns about Trump and congressional Republicans’ approach to health care:

• Denial of coverage to people with pre-existing conditions
• Taking away health care coverage from millions
• The potential of rising premiums and drug costs

IMPORTANT: Only a third of Americans say the Trump administration should continue its lawsuit to repeal the Affordable Care Act, with Independents (27%) especially unlikely to agree.

Half of the country affirmatively agrees the government should drop its lawsuit.

NEW >> Nearly three in five Americans are favorable to the Affordable Care Act, up 11 points from 46% in June 2019.

And among Republicans, favorability of the ACA has increased from 19% to 32% over the last year.

Updates from our 10th week of tracking:

• Trump’s health care approval rating remains low
• Americans have increasingly favorable views of the ACA
• Americans are concerned about health care coverage and pre-existing conditions

Read more: https://navigatorresearch.org/navigating-coronavirus/

There's endless hand wringing on *this website* about Trump guiding all COVID conversation but for 72+ hours, Biden & his team have goaded Trump into a debate on an issue where 3/4 of Americans agree w/ Biden. https://twitter.com/JohnAnzo/status/1265622640967983105

There's endless hand wringing on *this website* about Trump guiding all COVID conversation but for 72+ hours, Biden & his team have goaded Trump into a debate on an issue where 3/4 of Americans agree w/ Biden. https://t.co/Lnk8KCqKvB
John Anzalone@JohnAnzo

Most of America (74%) is "pro-mask" according to a new Navigator poll. And 65% disapprove of Trump's decision not to wear a mask.

NEW: We conducted a poll with @NavigatorSurvey to examine how people are relying on & thinking about social media amid the current pandemic.

The results underscore the urgency of curtailing the spread of misinformation on these Big Tech platforms. (1/6 )
https://accountabletech.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/AccountableTech-Navigator-Social-Media-Report.pdf

Key takeaways from our first Week 10 release of Navigator's tracking poll:

-Americans disapprove of Trump not wearing a mask.

-The public is broadly “pro-mask,” including Republicans.

-Most are concerned social distancing will end too soon and oppose national reopening.

Americans are most concerned Trump is promoting an unproven drug rather than lying about it or leading to shortages of the drug for those that really need it.

When asked to describe Trump taking hydroxychloroquine, both Democrats and Republicans call the decision “stupid.”

The Daily Beast@thedailybeast

France is banning the use of the anti-malarial drug hydroxychloroquine as a treatment for the novel coronavirus
https://trib.al/xsBOiGh

Very few Americans blame the Obama administration for pandemic unpreparedness, while a majority does blame Trump.

And by a 17-point margin, Americans agree that Trump is politicizing the Department of Justice to benefit his allies.

In week 9 of our tracking of Americans’ coronavirus concerns, we found:

- Trump's approval for handling the pandemic hit a new low
- Americans support advancing the HEROES Act
- The public remains concerned about Trump blaming others and ignoring experts

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UPDATE: Americans remain more concerned about their family’s health than their financial situation (73% vs 27%), and the impact of coronavirus on public health than the economy as a whole (54% vs 46%).

A majority of Americans (67%) support the HEROES Act and disapprove of Senate Republicans' refusal to consider a vote on it by a 14-point margin.

This legislation is particularly popular among independents: 80% support it, while 60% disapprove of Republicans blocking it.

While a plurality still say that congressional relief bills will help all types of people, the share that says they will give too much to wealthy and big corporations has increased by 5 points since April 15.

Despite disinformation theorizing that Bill Gates created the novel coronavirus and other negative stories, he retains high levels of favorability (59% overall).

NEW >> An experiment from our latest poll offers important #Obamacare takeaways:

• Americans (still) side with Democrats over Trump in the Obamacare debate.
• Support grows when coronavirus is framed as a pre-existing condition that would be protected by Obamacare.

Nearly half of Americans (47%) consider themselves vulnerable to the virus, and the older someone is, the more likely they are to self-identify as being “vulnerable” to coronavirus.

76% of Americans aged 65+ consider themselves vulnerable to the virus.

A #coronavirus “second wave” and a recession consistently rank as top worries for Americans (84%) – concern about the vulnerability of Americans in nursing homes rises to the top as well (87%).

NEW: Only 38% of Americans approve of Trump on the issue of health care. Our findings show a net decline of 15 points in Trump’s handling of health care since March 23rd (from -2 to -17).

Week 9 (3rd update) of @NavigatorSurvey tracking poll: 47% consider themselves in a "vulnerable, high-risk" population, including most older people but quite a few under 50. It's a striking number & stark reminder of why attitudes about health drive public opinion on this crisis

Like the @NavigatorSurvey tracking poll, the new Fox News poll shows a real drop in approval for Trump's handling of the coronavirus crisis - currently at 55% disapprove, 43% approve. No wonder, over 60% say lack of testing and lack of a clear federal plan are major problems.

Democrats hold a lead over Trump in trust to handle a range of metrics related to the pandemic including:

• Health care coverage
• Responding to the economic impact
• Making decisions about reopening the country

Majorities believe Trump did not take the #CoronavirusOutbreak seriously at first and that he still is not doing enough now.

35% of Republicans agree that Trump did not take it seriously enough at the beginning, and 53% of independents believe that he isn't doing enough now.

NEW: More than half of Americans feel the U.S. response to coronavirus has been worse than in other countries 🇰🇷🇳🇿

For this, the public credits Trump as having made mistakes in his handling of the outbreak that made things worse than they should have been.

The share of Americans who find Trump mostly or somewhat responsible for America having the highest number of casualties from coronavirus has grown by 11 points since April 22.

Among Republicans, the percentage who say this has grown by 13 points since April 22.

Nearly two in three Americans find Trump responsible for limitations on testing, high unemployment, and loss of life.

MAJOR KEY: The percentage of Americans saying Trump is responsible for record unemployment has increased by 9 points over the last month.

A majority of Americans say Trump’s response to the pandemic has been a failure, with one third saying it has been “big failure.”

Conversely just 9% of the public overall, including only 18% of Republicans, say Trump's pandemic management has been a “big success.”

Despite Trump’s recent attacks on President Barack Obama, nearly two-thirds of Americans are favorable toward the former Chicago resident.

A quarter of Republicans (25%) are favorable to Obama, and far more independents have a favorable rating of Obama (59%) than Trump (37%).

In today's @NavigatorSurvey release: Trump is picking a losing political battle by attacking Obama.

*Obama favorability ~20 points higher than Trump's; 22 points higher among independents

*53% say Trump is to blame for lack of pandemic preparedness (just 21% say Obama)

By 31 points, Americans trust Dr. Fauci more than Trump to decide when to reopen the country (58% Fauci, 27% Trump).

Even a third of Republicans report trusting Fauci over the president.

While communities around the country reopen, the vast majority of Americans (84%), including 72% of Republicans, say that images of people not wearing masks and ignoring social distancing are acting irresponsibly.

More than half of Americans say that PPE for medical professionals, widespread testing, adhering to reopening plans created by experts, and vaccines are needed to reopen communities safely.

56% of Americans worry that Trump is too focused on the economic impacts of #coronavirus and not enough on preventing the spread.

A majority say that Democratic Governors, on the other hand, are getting the balance about right (51%).

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