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

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How to Talk About The Counting of Votes

Thursday, October 22, 2020

As most Americans expect to know the outcome after more than a day, overwhelming majorities find arguments to be patient in awaiting election results convincing; the public also has serious concerns that Trump’s rhetoric will inspire violence following the election.

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Responding to an ”Out of Control” Pandemic

Wednesday, October 21, 2020

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.

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The 2020 Election Is Underway

Friday, October 16, 2020

More than one in ten Americans report already casting ballots in this year’s election while those who haven’t split between voting by mail or in-person on Election Day; the public’s top concerns about the election are Trump not accepting the results and trying to stop votes from being counted.

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The Pandemic Surges For the Third Time

Wednesday, October 14, 2020

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.

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On SCOTUS, Health Care, and Trump’s Taxes

Friday, October 9, 2020

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.

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Trump Catches Coronavirus

Wednesday, October 7, 2020

Most Americans say Trump caught coronavirus because he was irresponsible, and many express concern that he is spreading it further. Americans also hold Trump responsible for the rising number of cases around the country.

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The Most Important Election of Our Lifetime

Friday, October 2, 2020

Less than two in five Americans support the Senate considering Amy Coney Barrett’s nomination to the Supreme Court before the election, and express deep concern about the ACA and reproductive rights before the Court; a growing majority think it will take longer than the day after the election to know who won the presidency, and nine in ten Americans agree it is the most important election of their lifetimes.

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Trump Approvals Deeply In the Negative

Thursday, October 1, 2020

Coronavirus, health care, and the economy remain the top concerns for Americans as most Americans now believe the worst is yet to come in the pandemic. Separately, many Americans disagree with the decision to forego filing homicide charges in the case involving the fatal shooting of Breonna Taylor.

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America’s Views of the Upcoming Election

Thursday, September 24, 2020

Americans are split on who they think will win in November at a time when many are concerned about the potential of a long count, voter supression, and foreign interference among other potential election-related issues.

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The Latest on Trump and the Pandemic

Wednesday, September 23, 2020

The pandemic continuesto be Americans’ most important issue ata ttime when a majority continues to view America’s response to the pandemic as worse than the responses of other countries.

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Remembering RBG

Tuesday, September 22, 2020

In Ruth Bader Ginsburg, America has lost a beloved figure. Most Americans say the winner of the upcoming election should choose her replacement, with many citing the need for leaders in Washington to remain focused on the pandemic.

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How to Engage on “Law & Order”

Thursday, September 17, 2020

Americans believe Trump sees disorder and division as helpful to his re-election chances; nearly two-thirds of the public say Trump’s statements about the military are seriously concerning.

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