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

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Public Opinion on Coronavirus and The Vote: Navigator Update

Tuesday, November 3, 2020

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.

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A Comprehensive Report On Democracy Reform

Wednesday, October 28, 2020

Most Americans desire “major change,” and believe various reforms such as elimination of the filibuster, voting rights reforms, and even some SCOTUS reform would have a positive impact on government.

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10 Days Out: The Final Pre-Election Update

Friday, October 23, 2020

Majorities of Americans believe Trump has not done enough to discourage white supremacist violence while making disorder across the country worse; half say Republicans in Congress have not shown independence from Trump and are seen as “yes men” with “no backbone.”

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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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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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Half of Americans Know Someone Who Has Gotten COVID-19

Wednesday, September 16, 2020

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.

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Talking About School Reopenings and Election Integrity

Friday, September 4, 2020

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.

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Americans Prioritize COVID, the Economy, and Health Care

Wednesday, September 2, 2020

As Trump’s job approval reverts to pre-convention levels, Americans see the Republican Party as focusing the most on jobs, the economy, and immigration while seeing the Democratic Party as focusing the most on the pandemic and race relations.

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Pandemic Stress

Friday, August 28, 2020

Nearly a quarter of Americans know someone personally who has died from coronavirus, while a vast majority supports keeping social distancing measures in place until a vaccine is developed and readily available.

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