Public Opinion on Coronavirus: Navigator Update

Thursday, August 13, 2020

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 1,019 registered voters conducted August 6 – 10, 2020.

Key takeaways

  • Americans see Congressional Democrats’ policies as favoring the working and middle class, while Trump favors the wealthy and big corporations.
  • Top concerns on Trump’s handling of the economic recovery from the pandemic include ignoring experts and giving bailouts to big corporations.
  • A plurality support banning TikTok in the United States, including parents and grandparents of users.

Majority Continue to Oppose Reopening Schools

About three in five continue to oppose reopening schools, up 23 points from June 1.

  • Among parents, opposition has increased by 26 points since June 1 (from 31% to 57%). Among those in high infection states, it has increased by 22 points (from 35% to 57%).

Two-Thirds Support Restoring the Expanded Unemployment Insurance

A majority continue to support expanded unemployment insurance until at least January 2021, with nearly two in five who “strongly support” continuing expanded benefits.

  • Among those mixed on Trump*, 51% support continuing expanded unemployment compensation.

Americans See Democrats as for Middle and Working Class People

A majority feel Trump and his administration’s policies favor the wealthy and big corporations, while a majority feel Democrats in Congress’s policies favor middle and working class people.

  • Since the question was first asked on March 23, the share who feel that Trump’s policies favor the wealthy and big corporations has grown 11 points (from 42% to 53%).

Top Concerns on Trump’s Handling of Economic Recovery: Ignoring Experts, Giving Big Corporations Bailouts

Trump ignoring health experts and economists is a top concern for more than two in five Americans, while nearly a third say Trump giving bailouts to big corporations instead of helping small businesses is a top concern.

  • Among those mixed on Trump, 45% are concerned he is ignoring health experts and economists.

Middling Support for Proposal to Ban TikTok in the United States

Amidst security concerns about the app and Trump’s executive order giving the app 45 days to find an American buyer, two in five support banning TikTok.

  • Among parents or grandparents of TikTok users, nearly half (45%) support banning the app, while among users, only one in five (18%) support banning the app.d slow.