CORONAVIRUS TREND TRACKER
How the Coronavirus Outbreak Is Impacting Public Opinion
Updating regularly to track how the pandemic is shaping our politics, economy, culture and daily life

Understanding the evolving public response to the coronavirus outbreak is vital in grasping the nature of this crisis and mapping where we go next. On a weekly basis, Morning Consult is conducting thousands of surveys to track the ways the outbreak is impacting our politics, economy, culture, and daily life. Every week, we’ll comb through the latest data and update this page with the trends you need to understand.

 

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UPDATES: Oct. 20, 2020

  • Oldest voters are taking an increasingly dim view of the president’s handling of the pandemic: Last week, President Donald Trump’s approval rating related to his handling of the coronavirus was already underwater among voters ages 65 and older — that is, more people disapproved than approved. In the survey conducted Oct. 16-18, Trump’s approval rating for his COVID-19 handling took another hit: 42 percent of the 65-plus voter group approved and 55 percent disapproved, for a net approval rating of minus 13. Last week, the net approval rating among the 65-and-up cohort was minus 4, with 48 percent approving and 52 percent disapproving.
  • Trump hits a new low among independents: 29 percent of independents approved of Trump’s handling of the pandemic, while 65 percent disapproved, leading to a net approval rating of minus 36, the lowest since Morning Consult began weekly tracking in late February. The figure represents an 11-point decline compared to the week before, when 34 percent approved and 59 percent disapproved. The previous low for Trump’s net approval rating among independents was a minus-33 mark recorded July 12.

 

PERSONAL IMPACT
Concern Over Outbreak Among Baby Boomers Rises Again
The share of U.S. adults who are "very" concerned about the coronavirus outbreak, by generation
This data comes from Morning Consult's weekly coronavirus survey tracker, based on surveys of 2,200 U.S. adults each. The latest survey was conducted Oct. 16-18, 2020.

 

 

PERSONAL IMPACT
Republicans Less Likely to Say the Outbreak Is a Severe Health Risk in Their Community
The share of U.S. adults who say the coronavirus is a severe health risk in their local community:

This data comes from Morning Consult's weekly coronavirus survey tracker, based on surveys of 2,200 U.S. adults each. The latest survey was conducted Oct. 16-18, 2020.

 

 

PERSONAL IMPACT
1 in 2 Americans Say They Would Get Vaccinated if One Became Available
The share of U.S. adults who say that they would get vaccinated if a vaccine that protects from the coronavirus became available:

This data comes from Morning Consult's weekly coronavirus survey tracker, based on surveys of 2,200 U.S. adults each. The latest survey was conducted Oct. 16-18, 2020.

 

 

PERSONAL IMPACT
1 in 4 Democrats, Over 2 in 5 Republicans Are Socializing in Public Places
The share of U.S. adults who say that they are either “continuing to socialize in public places” or “continuing to socialize in public places, but less than before.”
In addition to those responses, respondents could also select the following: “I am not going to public places, but I am socializing with friends or family in my or their homes,” “I am not going to public places or interacting in-person, but I am socializing with friends or family virtually,“ and “I am not going to public places nor am I socializing with family or friends.”
This data comes from Morning Consult's weekly coronavirus survey tracker, based on surveys of 2,200 U.S. adults each. The latest survey was conducted Oct. 16-18, 2020.

 

PERSONAL IMPACT
Trump's Most Ardent Supporters Are Less Likely to Say Masks Are Effective
The share of U.S. adults who say face masks are effective at preventing the spread of the coronavirus

This data comes from Morning Consult's weekly coronavirus survey tracker, based on surveys of 2,200 U.S. adults each. The latest survey was conducted Oct. 16-18, 2020.

 

 

ECONOMIC IMPACT
Roughly 8 in 10 Americans Are Concerned About the Impact on Their Local Economy
Share of U.S. adults who are concerned about the coronavirus impact on the economy:
This data comes from Morning Consult's weekly coronavirus survey tracker, based on surveys of 2,200 U.S. adults each. The latest survey was conducted Oct. 16-18, 2020.

 

 

ECONOMIC IMPACT
Republicans More Likely Than Democrats to Prioritize the Economic Impact of the Outbreak
The share of U.S. adults who say they are more concerned about the economic impact of the coronavirus outbreak than the public health impact:
This data comes from the weekly Morning Consult/Politico survey, which is based on 1,991 surveys with registered voters. The most recent survey was conducted Oct. 16-18, 2020.

 

 

 

ECONOMIC IMPACT
Voters Continue to Believe Social Distancing is Worth the Potential Economic Cost
This chart shows the share of registered voters who agree “Americans should continue to social distance for as long as is needed to curb the spread of coronavirus even if it means continued damage to the economy.” Respondents could also choose the response “Americans should stop social distancing to stimulate the economy even if it means increasing the spread of coronavirus,” or that they don’t know or don’t have an opinion.
This data comes from the weekly Morning Consult/Politico survey, which is based on surveys with registered voters. The most recent survey was conducted Oct. 16-18, 2020.

 

 

POLITICAL IMPACT
Net Approval of Trump's Coronavirus Response Remains Underwater
Net approval (approval minus disapproval) among registered voters of Trump’s handling of the coronavirus

This data comes from Morning Consult's weekly coronavirus survey tracker, based on surveys of roughly 1,900 registered voters each. The latest survey was conducted Oct. 16-18, 2020.

 

POLITICAL IMPACT
Support for Leaders’ Handling of the Outbreak is Largely Stable Following Steady Decline
Net approval (approval minus disapproval) among registered voters of each of the following’s handling of the coronavirus:
This data comes from Morning Consult's weekly coronavirus survey tracker, based on surveys of roughly 1,900 registered voters each. The latest survey was conducted Oct. 16-18, 2020.

 

 

POLITICAL IMPACT
Most Adults Think U.S. Is Responding Less Effectively to the Pandemic Than Other Countries
The share of U.S. adults who say each of following describe the United States’ response to the COVID-19 pandemic “very” or “somewhat” well:
This data comes from Morning Consult's weekly coronavirus survey tracker, based on surveys of 2,200 U.S. adults each. The latest survey was conducted Oct. 16-18, 2020.

 

 

 

POLITICAL IMPACT
Voters Trust Biden, Congressional Democrats More to Handle the Coronavirus
Who do you trust more to handle the coronavirus?*
This data comes from the weekly Morning Consult/Politico survey, which is based on 1,992 surveys with registered voters, conducted Oct. 16-18, 2020.
When asking about Congress, voters are asked who they trust to handle "the coronavirus." When asking about the presidential candidates, voters are asked who they trust to handle "the spread of coronavirus."

 

 

 

 

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The data on this page primarily comes from four sources: a weekly survey dedicated to tracking the coronavirus, the weekly Morning Consult/Politico poll tracking topical political events, Morning Consult Economic Intelligence and Brand Intelligence.

Page design by Nick Laughlin. Updates by Gaby Galvin, Claire Williams, Matt Bracken and Brian Yermal Jr. Notice any issues? Email us.

 

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