Black Americans On The Capitol Attack, Biden, The Filibuster, And Vaccines

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Black Americans On The Capitol Attack, Biden, The Filibuster, And Vaccines

Friday, February 26, 2021

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Why Blaming China For The Pandemic Probably Won’t Help Trump Win

Tuesday, July 29, 2020

A Navigator poll from late April, for instance, tested multiple narratives about who’s to blame for the pandemic, asking voters which of two statements they agreed with more even if they didn’t fully agree with either. When forced to choose between a statement that placed all the blame on Trump and one that put all the blame on China, respondents were essentially evenly divided, 49 to 51, which is well within the poll’s confidence interval. A statement that blamed both Trump and China got slightly more support, at 54 percent. This suggests that at least some voters are open to an argument that gives China a significant share of the blame for the pandemic.

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In focus groups, Black Americans express having "hope" for the Biden agenda, despite the current turbulent times.

He’s "changing the tone of the nation.”

“He understands that he’s human like we are. He puts his pants on the same way.”

Navigator conducted focus groups this week with Black Americans in Atlanta, GA, Philadelphia, PA , and Detroit, MI.

Check out our latest release covering these Black citizens' thoughts on the January Capitol attack, Biden, vaccines, and more.
https://navigatorresearch.org/black-americans-on-the-capitol-attack-biden-and-vaccines/

On the Capitol attack:
"White priviliege at its finest."
"The whole thing was racist."
"I'd like to see some justice."
More quotes below from our FGs of Black Americans for @NavigatorSurvey. Moderated by my incredible colleague @JerelWilliams1. Memo: https://bit.ly/2MwvC2G

Nationally, the public is far more concerned about the government not doing enough to help people (64%) than they are about spending too much money on coronavirus relief (36%).

This is consistent across all racial groups, with concern highest among Black Americans (80%).

Black Americans also widely approve of Biden’s handling of the economy.

President Biden earns an 85% approval rating among Black Americans, compared with just 5% who disapprove — similar to the percentage who approve of the American Rescue Plan proposal.

Support for the American Rescue Plan is high across all racial groups, but support is highest among Black Americans (84%).

Black Americans are also most intensely supportive of the package, with 72% reporting “strong” support.

QAnon has yet to become a household name, but already a majority of Americans feel the government should do more to stop the spread of QAnon.

Poll conducted Feb 11-15, 2021.

The public's familiarity with QAnon has increased by 20 points since August 2020 (from 39% to 59%).

Of the 3 in 5 Americans now familiar with QAnon, an overwhelming majority have an unfavorable view of it.

Americans say “dangerous” is the term best used to describe the growing influence of QAnon and Marjorie Taylor Greene.

“Violent,” “extreme,” and “cult-like" also break through when Americans describe groups they see gaining control over the Republican Party.

NEW POLLING:

7 in 10 Americans are worried about rising extremism within the Republican Party.

Most Americans - including 1 in 3 Republicans - are concerned specifically about the growing influence of QAnon, the Proud Boys, and Marjorie Taylor Greene.

Americans broadly agree that the government should do more to address domestic terrorism.

Across partisanship, race, and ethnicity, majorities say the American government has not done enough to combat domestic terrorism.

NEW POLLING:

• 4 in 5 Americans are worried about the threat of domestic terrorism in the United States.

• 41% say they are “very worried” about white nationalist terrorism, including 61% of African Americans.

Nationally, voters are far more concerned about the gov't not doing enough to help people (64%) than they are about spending too much money on coronavirus relief (36%). There is a split among GOP voters that is partially driven by income. Via @NavigatorSurvey

NEW POLLING:

52% of Americans approve of how Biden is handling the economy, including nearly a third who “strongly approve."

Biden’s +13 net approval on the economy far outpaces Trump’s -4 net approval rating from Navigator’s final pre-election survey in October.

NEW POLLING:

By a wide margin, Americans cite stimulus checks as the top reason to pass the American Rescue Plan.

The stimulus payments also receive bipartisan support:

• 60% of Democrats support.

• 60% of independents support.

• 50% of Republicans support.

NEW: Support for the American Rescue Plan is resilient.

• 73% of Americans support the plan, nearly the same as two weeks ago.

• 71% of independents and even 53% of Republicans support the plan.

• This, even as just 2 in 5 say they have heard much about the proposal.

NEW POLLING:

Biden’s focus on getting the pandemic under control is breaking through.

3 in 4 Americans are seeing some or mostly positive news about the president, citing his focus on the pandemic, vaccine distribution, and economic relief as the main positives they're hearing.

For nearly a year now, @NavigatorSurvey has been tracking attitudes on the pandemic. The percentage of people saying the "worst is yet to come" on the pandemic is at a low point (39% say that vs. 37% who say "worst is over"). A sign of optimism we haven't see before:

The American Rescue Plan is incredibly popular, and not just among those with a favorable view of President Biden.

Biden's plan earns greater than 60% support across age, gender, race, type of work, density, income level, education, and union household status.

Partisan shifts in views on the economy are emerging via confidence in personal finances.

Since December, Democrats have grown more likely to express confidence about their personal finances (53%, up from 38%).

Republicans have grown more pessimistic (41%, down from 52%).

Partisan shifts in views on the economy are taking place.

Just 21% of Democrats, 14% of independents, and 22% of Republicans rate the economy as excellent or good.

Since December, however, optimism among Democrats is up 9 points; optimism among Republicans is down 19 points.

Most Americans now know someone who has received the coronavirus vaccine.

And while a majority of African Americans say they do not personally know someone who has been vaccinated, the share who do has increased by 17 points.

Poll conducted Jan 27-Feb 1, 2021.

NEW:

Half of the public disapproves of how the vaccine rollout has been handled in the United States so far.

Those who disapprove largely blame missteps made by the Trump administration.

How are Americans feeling about the pandemic? (2/2)

Notable cleavages by race:

• A 12-point decline in sentiment that "the worst is yet to come" among White Americans.

• A smaller, 4-point decline among Hispanics.

• Concern among African Americans is up 5 points.

How are Americans feeling about the pandemic? (1/2)

Prior to Biden's inauguration, there were 58% of Americans saying "the worst is yet to come."

Now, half say "the worst is yet to come" (an 8-point decline), driven by a 13-point decline among Democrats.

Twitter says Trump's ban from the platform is permanent, even if he runs for president again.

Worth noting:

• Nearly 3 in 5 Americans support banning Trump from running again.

• Net support for banning another run has increased by 5 points since January 11 (from +15 to +20).

POLL: Price tag does not impact support for the economic relief package.

Our most recent survey asked about support for a $2 trillion relief package and a $4 trillion package.

Both packages were highly favored and the cost of the package had almost no impact on the results.

Most Americans, and a plurality of independents, favor convicting former President Trump for inciting an insurrection on the U.S. Capitol.

An overwhelming majority of those who support conviction "feel strongly" that the Senate should convict.

Poll conducted Jan 27-Feb 1, 2021.

Most Americans support raising the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour.

From our most recent survey, 60% of Americans - including a majority of independents - support the “American Rescue Plan” proposal to raise the minimum wage to $15/hour.

Poll conducted Jan 27-Feb 1, 2021.

NEW:

Eight in ten Americans support the proposal for $1,400 per person stimulus checks.

Support for more stimulus checks is high among Democrats and independents.

Republicans are appreciably split by income level 👇

NEW POLLING:

Data shows widespread support for recent Biden executive actions.

Bipartisan support is highest for vaccines, a federal property mask mandate, and freezing student loan payments.

From White House @PressSec Jen Psaki today, @Potus' COVID rescue plan has bipartisan support among voters:

“A new survey from Navigator Research out this morning shows 72% of Americans support the rescue plan, including 53% of Republicans,” Psaki replied.

NEW POLLING w/ two points on government spending:

Americans are more worried about government spending too little on the recovery, not too much.

64 percent say “the government needs to do more to help regular people.”

Americans' increasing optimism is a key theme of our latest release.

Brief thread here ⬇️

https://navigatorresearch.org/the-beginning-of-the-biden-years/

NEW POLL:

Trust issues remain a focus of Drake songs, but they're much less of an issue for President Biden.

Nearly three in five Americans say they trust President Biden to tell the truth, including almost a quarter of Republicans.

NEW POLL:

Americans say President Biden's priorities are aligned with the people's priorities.

The issues Americans rate as most important - the pandemic, jobs and the economy, and health care - rank among the top issues Americans say Biden and Congress are actually focused on.

NEW POLLING:

For the first time in years, a sitting U.S. president has net-positive ratings on job performance and overall favorability.

A majority, including more than two in five independents, approve of the job Biden has done so far as president.

As President Biden kicks off his term, there is strong alignment between what the public wants him focused on and what the public thinks he's actually focused on, with the pandemic at the top of the list. Via new @NavigatorSurvey

Biden and Democrats will transition holding a 24-point lead over Republicans in Congress on trust to handle the pandemic.

Independents trust Biden and Democrats more on the pandemic by 27 points and on health care by 20 points.

Key data point as the economic stimulus debate continues:

Three quarters of Americans (77%) do not think the recent economic relief bill was enough, even after a similar share of Americans report receiving their check.

The most important issues Americans say President-elect Biden and the new Congress should focus on are the pandemic, followed by jobs and the economy.

From our most recent release:

Most Americans report hearing mostly negative news when it comes to Trump lately, but mostly positive news regarding President-elect Biden.

1 more day.

From our latest:

Newsmax, Fox, and OANN viewers are twice as likely to say they are “unlikely to get vaccinated” as CNN and MSNBC viewers, and very conservative Republicans are nearly three times as likely as liberal Democrats to say the same.

Nearly half of Americans say they personally know someone who has received the coronavirus vaccine.

Something to watch in our race breakdowns: Black Americans (73%) are the least likely to say they know someone who has received the vaccine.

Three in five say the “worst is yet to come” in the pandemic while only a quarter say the “worst is over.”

Across party lines, pluralities agree the worst is yet to come, including 70% of Democrats, 55% of independents, and 45% of Republicans.

Since March 2020, the share who know someone who has had coronavirus has increased more than 8-fold.

Groups most likely to know someone who has been infected:

Hispanic Americans (87%)
Midwesterners (81%)
Service industry workers (81%)
Women (79%)

NEW POLLING:

- Three in four know someone who has had coronavirus.
- Whether or not someone is likely to get vaccinated is
divided by partisanship, ideology, and news consumption.
- The public feels the most recent economic relief bill was not enough.
https://navigatorresearch.org/public-opinion-updates-on-coronavirus-and-the-economy/

In late March 2020, @NavigatorSurvey found that just 9 percent knew someone personally that had been infected with coronavirus.

10 months later, it is now *76 percent* who know someone who has been infected.

Three in five Americans oppose Trump issuing a preemptive self-pardon before the end of his term as president.

Even among 2020 Trump voters, only 41% support Trump preemptively pardoning himself before leaving office.

Two-thirds of Americans say Trump didn’t do enough to stop the violence and disapprove of his response.

Just half of Republicans say Trump did enough to stop the violence (50%) and less than half approve of his response (46%).

Americans universally condemn Trump supporters’ breaking into the Capitol Building.

Three in four Americans “strongly oppose” Trump supporters breaking into the Capitol Building, including 69% of independents and 57% of Republicans.

NEW POLLING:

More than 4 in 5 Americans oppose Trump supporters breaking into the Capitol

Majorities oppose Trump running for president again or pardoning himself

Americans worry about the potential for more violence.

https://navigatorresearch.org/public-reaction-to-the-storming-of-the-capitol/

NEW DATA: Two in three Americans support canceling at least some student loan debt.

Among those who currently have student loan debt, 90% support some cancellation (75% strongly support). Even among those who who don't have student debt, support remains high at 60% overall.

The pandemic has presented many difficulties for Americans: the ones that weigh the most heavily include the inability to socially interact in public, the impact on mental health, and feeling unsafe during day-to-day activities, like shopping for groceries.

65% of the public have concerns with the way Trump and Republicans in Congress have handled the development and distribution of the vaccine. Their top concerns are partisan politics to prevent a smooth rollout, and the spread of disinformation.

Three in five Americans (60%) say they are likely to get a coronavirus vaccine, while just 31% are unlikely to do so. Significantly more Democrats say they are likely to get vaccinated (70%) than Republicans (51%).

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