Most Americans are hearing some or mostly positive things about Biden with his focus on combatting coronavirus as his top priority, with economic relief close behind.
So far, Americans see their top priorities of the pandemic, economy, and healthcare reflected well in the focus of the new administration.
Three in four Americans now know someone who has had coronavirus and more than a third know someone who has died from complications related to it; as most have received checks from the economic relief passed last month, the public largely sees the bill as not doing enough.
There is near-unanimous support for additional economic relief as three in four Americans view the state of the economy negatively; nearly two in three support canceling at least some student loan debt, and find convincing arguments framing it as an economic stimulus and closing the racial wealth gap.
Nearly three-fourths of Americans now know someone who has been infected with coronavirus; three in five Americans now say they are likely to get a coronavirus vaccine when it’s available.
More than three in five Americans now want Trump to concede the election, including one-third of 2020 Trump voters; by a nearly 20-point margin, a majority of Americans give Biden positive marks on his handling of the presidential transition.
This analysis seeks to understand several critical issues that were ultimately determinative in the election.
This analysis seeks to understand several critical voting blocs that were ultimately determinative in the election.
With election season nearing an ending, both Biden and Trump voters say it is more important to count every vote in the presidential election than to quickly announce the results. Americans are pessimistic about the direction of the country today, and the pandemic trumps the economy as the most important election issue for voters.
A majority say the pandemic is “out of control,” and it continues to dominate negative conversation around Trump. Americans worry most about Trump’s ignoring of experts, failure to prepare, and downplaying the pandemic; most trust Fauci to make decisions over the president.
Americans are worried the pandemic is surging: the share who say “the worst is yet to come” in the pandemic and who support “more aggressive social distancing” are climbing back to the levels seen in July amid surging cases.
The public believes it is likely the ACA will be struck down and Roe v. Wade overturned if Amy Coney Barrett is confirmed; Americans are bothered by Trump’s tax returns revealing he has paid no income tax 10 of the last 15 years.
Americans continue to believe the “worst is yet to come” with the coronavirus pandemic and expect we may not have presidential election results quickly.
Though the rate of new cases has plateaued in the United States, half still say the “worst is yet to come” in the pandemic as a growing share of the public expressing concern about Trump rushing the process of getting a vaccine developed.
While support for reopening K-12 schools has ticked up in recent weeks, two-thirds of the public continue to say they are more on the “cautious” side of the reopening debate; three out of four Americans support fully funding the USPS while the share who plan to vote by mail has declined in recent weeks.