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Our research below provides messaging guidance for progressives to win key policy debates.

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An Update on Trump’s Coronavirus Handling

Wednesday, June 17, 2020

Trump’s overall job approval has hit a new low in our tracking as Americans continue to hear negative things about his handling of recent protests and the coronavirus pandemic; a majority say he is moving to reopen the country too aggressively.

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Americans Worry About a Country in Crisis

Friday, June 12, 2020

As the public views reopening cautiously, a majority believe the country is in crisis, both in terms of the pandemic and the protests following George Floyd’s death; Democrats report concerns about police violence while Republicans are worried about rioting and looting.

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A Country Off on the Wrong Track

Wednesday, June 3, 2020

More Americans say that the country is “off on the wrong track” as African Americans face particularly high infection rates and are the most likely to believe the worst is yet to come for the pandemic.

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Navigating the Broader Health Care Debate

Thursday, May 28, 2020

Americans hold increasingly favorable views of the ACA, increasingly unfavorable views of Trump’s handling of health care, and have very serious concerns about Republicans’ failures to protect health care coverage for those with pre-existing conditions.

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Scattershot President

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

As Americans report hearing about the President’s refusal to wear a mask and his claims of taking unproven drugs, Trump’s coronavirus approval remains low; Americans overwhelmingly support elected officials being required to wear masks and 2 in 3 disapprove of Trump not wearing a mask.

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Toward a Safe Reopening

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

When it comes to reopening the economy, Americans say they trust Dr. Fauci and Democrats more than Trump and report concerns about their state opening too soon; the president’s approval on the coronavirus pandemic reaches another low in Navigator’s tracking.

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Mental Health Amidst the Pandemic

Saturday, May 16, 2020

Trump’s disapproval rating on handling the pandemic remains at its highest point; as strong concerns remain about the possibility of a “second wave,” there has been an uptick in the share saying the “worst is yet to come.”

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Americans Call Congressional GOP “Yes Men”

Friday, May 15, 2020

Trump’s disapproval rating hits a new high on handling the pandemic as Americans express concern by Congressional Republicans having voted to cut CDC funding prior to the pandemic and refusing to stand up to Trump.

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Waning Optimism Around Combatting Pandemic

Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Governors retain higher approval ratings than Trump on handling the pandemic as a second wave of the pandemic continues to be a top worry for Americans, and a majority maintain concerns that social distancing will end too soon.

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Mask-Wearing Splits Republicans

Saturday, May 9, 2020

An increasing number of Americans say that they think the worst is yet to come regarding the pandemic; Republicans who wear a mask regularly hold different views on the nature of the crisis than those who do not.

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A Second Wave Tops Concerns

Thursday, May 7, 2020

Americans are deeply worried about a second wave of the pandemic, oppose a full reopening of the country but express openness to partially reopening their own community, and remain concerned by Trump putting lives at risk, downplaying the crisis, and failing to take responsibility.

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