Our Research

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

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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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The Increasing Appetite for Government Role in Economy

Friday, May 8, 2020

As the public reports anxiety about the job market, Trump’s economic approval is on the decline; Americans say their greatest concern on the president’s economic response to the pandemic is stimulus money benefitting the wealthy instead of the people most in need.

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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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One Third of Americans Know Someone Infected

Wednesday, May 6, 2020

As Americans report hearing less from Trump on coronavirus, the public sees Congressional Democrats’ response to the pandemic as favoring the working class while Trump’s response favors the wealthy.

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Debating What is “Enough”

Tuesday, May 5, 2020

Americans have misgivings about Trump’s initial response to the pandemic and have doubts he’s doing enough now amidst rising concerns social distancing will end too soon rather than go on too long.

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Partisanship and Social Distancing Attitudes

Saturday, May 2, 2020

A majority of Americans continue to disapprove of Trump’s handling of coronavirus, as most are practicing social distancing despite partisan differences on whether or not to relax the measures.

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Economic Approval Reaches New Low

Tuesday, April 28, 2020

Independents, people of color and older Americans give Trump low marks for his handling of the pandemic at a time when perception of the economy reaches new lows in our daily tracking and protests are doing little to sway overall public opinion on social distancing.

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Growing Concern About Reopening Too Soon

Saturday, April 25, 2020

Americans continue to trust state and local governments more than Trump; the public reports more comfortability interacting with friends if the country reopens soon rather than going to restaurants or large gatherings.

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Widespread Support for Stay at Home Orders

Wednesday, April 22, 2020

Americans support governors when it comes to stay-at-home orders instead of those protesting social distancing measures; Trump’s approval continues to decline as Americans worry about an economic recession.

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Trump Approvals Drop as Pandemic Continues

Tuesday, April 21, 2020

Ratings of how Trump is handling the pandemic decline with fewer Americans viewing him as “serious” in his response, and most Americans continuing to prefer social distancing despite recent protests.

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