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Americans have conflicting views when it comes to the economy, but solidly support enacting measures to ensure "safe voting" in future elections.

Key takeaway A key group of Americans – those who disapprove of Trump overall, but approve of him on the economy – strongly disapprove of how Trump is handling the pandemic; Americans are nostalgic for the pre-crisis economy, but feel Trump is not doing enough to help regular people, and that his mistakes have made the economy worse; Most Americans support measures allowing “safe voting.”

Welcome to NAVIGATOR – a project designed to better understand the American public’s views on issues of the day and help advocates, elected officials, and other interested parties understand the language, imagery, and messaging needed to make and win key policy arguments.

This release features findings from a national online survey of 1,012 registered voters conducted May 21-25, 2020.

Key takeaways

  • A key group of Americans – those who disapprove of Trump overall, but approve of him on the economy – strongly disapprove of how Trump is handling the pandemic.
  • Americans are nostalgic for the pre-crisis economy, but feel Trump is not doing enough to help regular people, and that his mistakes have made the economy worse.
  • Most Americans support measures allowing “safe voting.”

Trump’s Approvals Remain Underwater; Public More Split on Economic Handling

Trump’s approval ratings on four metrics related to the coronavirus pandemic continue to drop.

  • Among independents, Trump’s at -29 on his overall job approval (31% approve/60% disapprove), -29 on health care (25% approve/54% disapprove), -11 on handling the pandemic (36% approve/47% disapprove), and -1 on the economy (44% approve/45% disapprove).

Profiling “Conflicted” Americans Who Approve of Trump on Economy, But Not Overall

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

  • This is a key group of the public who hold mixed partisan attitudes – 36% voted for Clinton in 2016, 34% voted for Trump, 10% voted 3rd party, and 21% didn’t vote. At the same time, nearly half (48%) identify as moderate.

Democrats More Trusted on Responding to Economic Impact

Democrats in Congress hold an advantage over Trump on trust to respond to the economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic and to make decisions about when and how to reopen the country.

  • While independents trust Democrats somewhat more on looking out for working people (+6), they are split on who to trust to be honest with the public (+1) and responding to the economic impact of the pandemic (-3).

Some Nostalgia Exists for Pre-Crisis Economy…

Roughly half say the economy was working before the crisis. Half also find Trump’s economic message to be a convincing reason why he is prepared to handle the recovery.

…But Majority Agree Trump Isn’t Doing Enough to Help Regular People & Made Mistakes That Hurt the Economy

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.

Voters More Concerned About Trump Prolonging Economic Crisis Than Economic Damage Done So Far

Nearly two in three Americans say they are more concerned about Trump reopening the country too quickly and prolonging the virus, making the economic situation worse, than about economic damage already done.

Top Economic Concerns: Trump’s Early Mistakes, Ignoring Economists, Favoring the Wealthy & Corporations

When presented with a series of criticisms about Trump’s approach to the economic recovery, early mistakes, ignoring economists who say more government action is needed, and corporate bailouts raise the most serious concerns.

Nearly Unanimous Favorability Toward the USPS

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

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

Broad Support For Expanding Voting Access

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 at polls in-person, funding the USPS to ensure mail-in ballots have no issues, making Election Day a national holiday, and other measures.

Trump Threats on Vote By Mail Fall Flat

Most Americans oppose Trump’s threat 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%.

“Safe Voting” More Compelling than “Voter Reforms”

While more than half of Americans say reforming voting as a result of the coronavirus pandemic is more important than preventing voter fraud, more than three in five choose ensuring safe voting over preventing fraud.

  • Even among Republicans, nearly two in five (37%) choose ensuring safe voting over preventing voter fraud.

Welcome to NAVIGATOR – a project designed to better understand the American public’s views on issues of the day and help advocates, elected officials, and other interested parties understand the language, imagery, and messaging needed to make and win key policy arguments.

This release features findings from a national online survey of 1,012 registered voters conducted May 21-25, 2020.

Key takeaways

  • Trump’s approval rating on handling health care remains low as Democrats are more trusted on a variety of health metrics related to the pandemic.
  • Americans have increasingly favorable views of the ACA and oppose the lawsuit to repeal it.
  • Americans have very serious concerns about congressional Republicans and Trump failing to protect health care coverage for those with preexisting conditions.

Trump’s Approval on Health Care Remains Negative

Only 38% of Americans approve of how Trump is handling the issue of health care.

  • There’s now been a net decline of 14 points in Trump’s handling since March 23rd (from -2 to -16).
  • Among independents, only 25% approve of his handling of health care.

House Democrats More Trusted on Pandemic Issues

Democrats in Congress are more trusted than Trump on a variety of health issues, especially protecting coverage for people with pre-existing conditions and improving the health care system.

  • The advantage held by Democrats in Congress on responding to the coronavirus outbreak has increased a net 18 points since March 23 (+12, up from -6).

Favorability of ACA Rises Even Higher

Nearly three in five Americans are favorable to the Affordable Care Act, up double digits from 46% in June 2019.

  • Among Republicans, favorability of the ACA has increased 13 points since June 2019, from 19% to 32%.

Public Favors Dropping Lawsuit & Leaving ACA in Place

Only a third of Americans say the government should continue its lawsuit to repeal the Affordable Care Act.

  • Independents (27%) are especially unlikely to say the government should continue its lawsuit to repeal the ACA.
  • Even among Republicans, just 62% want the lawsuit aimed at repealing Obamacare to continue.

Top Health Care Worries In a Pandemic: Pre-existing Conditions, Lost Coverage, High Costs

When presented with a series of criticisms about Trump and congressional Republicans’ approach to health care, denial of coverage to people with pre-existing conditions and taking away health care coverage for millions are top concerns.

Majorities Describe Trump Response as Failure & Say His Mistakes Worsened Crisis

More than half of Americans think that Trump’s response has been a failure and that he made early mistakes that made things worse than they needed to be.

  • More than a third (35%) describe Trump’s response as a “big failure,” while only 8% describe as a “big success.”

Arbery Shooting Breaks Through Coronavirus Coverage

Despite heavy media coverage of the pandemic, other news such as the killing of Ahmaud Arbery broke through while manufactured controversies by Trump are gaining less traction, such as “Obamagate.”

Most Think Trump Trying to Distract from Pandemic Missteps

In a split test, more than half of Americans feel that Trump is trying to change the topic from coronavirus due to his failure to address the crisis, while there is less of a clear advantage for an argument that Trump is lying about Obama to cover up his own corruption.

Trump: Self-Absorbed, Unprepared, Irresponsible

The most concerning descriptors of Trump’s response to the pandemic include “irresponsible,” “self-absorbed,” and “unprepared.”

  • Half of Americans (50%) say that “self-absorbed” applies to Trump’s response “very well.”
  • Among those mixed on Trump*, 68% say ”unprepared” applies to him, while 58% say it’s most concerning.

Early Downplaying, Blaming Others Remain Top Concerns

Americans find Trump’s early downplaying of the crisis, along with ignoring experts, to be top concerns.

  • Among those mixed on Trump*, top concerns include his downplaying (50%), blaming others and failing to take responsibility (47%).

Welcome to NAVIGATOR – a project designed to better understand the American public’s views on issues of the day and help advocates, elected officials, and other interested parties understand the language, imagery, and messaging needed to make and win key policy arguments.

This edition of our daily tracking release features findings from a national online survey of 1,012 registered voters conducted May 21-May 25, 2020.

Key takeaways

  • Trump’s pandemic approval rating remains low as more people hear about him not wearing a mask and claiming to take hydroxychloroquine.
  • The vast majority of Americans say elected officials should be required to wear masks in government buildings, and two thirds disapprove of Trump not wearing one.
  • Despite many states reopening, a majority remain concerned social distancing will end too soon and prolong the pandemic, and few want to speed up reopening in their own state.

Trump’s Pandemic Approval Remains Deeply Underwater

Only 41% of Americans approve of the way that Trump is handling the coronavirus pandemic.

  • Only 36% of independents approve of his handling of the pandemic.
  • Among whites without a college degree, just over half (51%) approve of his handling, while only 42% of college educated whites and 23% of people of color approve.

Americans Hearing About Trump Taking Unproven Drugs and Not Wearing a Mask

Since May 18, negative conversation around Trump’s handling continues to include concern about reopening the country too soon, as well as his refusal to wear a mask and taking drugs that have not been proven to work.

Fellow Americans Ignoring Precautions Now a Top Worry

Worries about other Americans not wearing masks or social distancing and causing the virus to spread is a top worry, comparable to nursing home vulnerability and the possibility of a second wave after reopening.

  • Among independents, 78% are “very” or “somewhat” worried about other people not following precautions, as are 65% of Republicans.

Vast Majority of Public Identify as “Pro-Mask”

Nearly three in four Americans overall are pro-mask: even among Republicans, more than half say they are.

  • Among Republican women, 64% say they are “pro-mask.” However, less than half of Republican men (48%) say the same.

Majorities Disapprove of Trump Not Wearing Mask and Say Elected Officials Should be Required To Wear Them

Two thirds of Americans disapprove of Donald Trump not wearing a face mask in public, and the vast majority –  regardless of party – support elected officials being required to wear masks in government buildings.

Among Disapprovers, Far More Are Worried Trump is Encouraging Others Not To Wear Masks

Among those who disapprove of Trump not wearing a mask, three in four are more concerned that him not wearing a mask in public encourages others to do the same than him putting other government officials at risk.

  • Among Americans who have most recently been employed in the service industry, 90% say they are most bothered by Trump not wearing masks and encouraging others to also not wear them.

Non-Mask Wearers: “Irresponsible”

When shown a list of possible descriptors, top choices Americans select to describe those they see not wearing masks at public gatherings include “irresponsible,” “reckless,” “selfish,” and “dangerous.”

  • Among Democrats, 58% choose “irresponsible” as do 55% of independents.

Majority Disapprove of Trump Taking Hydroxychloroquine, But Split On Whether He Actually Is

A majority disapprove of Trump’s decision to announce he is taking hydroxychloroquine, while less than half actually believe he is taking the drug.

  • On a separate question, 78% of Americans say they have heard “a lot” or “some” about Trump telling reporters he was taking hydroxychloroquine to prevent coronavirus.

Public Most Concerned Trump Promoting Unproven Drug, Describe it as “Stupid” and “Lies”

Americans are most concerned that Trump is promoting an unproven drug rather than his 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” – but Republicans say it is his choice to do so, while Democrats say it is “irresponsible” and “reckless.”

Majority Oppose National Reopening, But GOP Shifting

The decline in opposition to reopening is driven by Republicans.

  • Both Democrats and independents have grown more opposed to reopening soon, with a net increase of 6 points among Democrats and 5 points among independents since May 18.
  • Among Republicans who watch Fox News, 74% support the country reopening in the next few weeks. Among Republicans who do not watch Fox News, only 57% support reopening soon.

Most Remain Concerned Social Distancing Will End Too Soon

Nearly three in five Americans continue to say they are more concerned that social distancing will end too soon and prolong the pandemic than that it will go on too long and hurt the economy.

  • Among independents, 58% remain more concerned that social distancing will end too soon and prolong the pandemic, while only 29% are more concerned it will go on too long.

Few Want to Speed Up Reopening in Their Own State

Two in five say their state is moving too quickly to reopen; just 17% think their state is not moving quickly enough.

  • 48% of Americans now say that their state is more open than closed, compared to 36% last week.
  • In states that respondents report as more open than closed, nearly half (49%) think their state is moving too quickly to reopen.