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 day, we’ll comb through the latest data and update this page with the key takeaways and trends you need to understand.
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Two major crises playing out at the same time in the United States — the deadly coronavirus pandemic and social unrest over the deaths of black people that has erupted into nationwide demonstrations — have helped erode voters’ confidence in the direction of the country to its lowest point of Donald Trump’s presidency. Thirty-one percent of voters believe the United States is headed in the right direction, while 69 percent said it has “pretty seriously” gotten off on the wrong track. The gap between the two figures is the widest measured in all of the 171 weekly polls conducted since Trump took office in January 2017. Read more
Featured chart: Most Americans are wearing masks. Those who don’t are far more likely to be socializing in public places: Despite early conflicting signals about the efficacy of mask usage, most Americans have quickly adopted the practice amid the coronavirus outbreak. A new poll finds 65 percent of U.S. adults “always” wear masks when going to public places where they might interact with people, and another 19 percent do so at least “sometimes.” However, it’s also the case that those Americans who “rarely” or “never” wear face masks are notably more comfortable entering public spaces at this juncture.
The polling also finds that non-mask wearers comfort levels are directly translating to their behavior. Forty-five percent of non-mask wearers say they are continuing to socialize in public places – three times the share of mask wearers (15 percent). Read more
Voter sentiment on Trump’s pandemic response hits new low: Voter sentiment about President Donald Trump’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic reached a new nadir as reports emerged that the United States had surpassed 100,000 deaths attributed to COVID-19. Forty-one percent of registered voters approve of Trump’s management of the public health crisis while 53 percent disapprove, according to a May 29-June 1 poll, his worst marks since Morning Consult began tracking public opinion on the pandemic in February. Read more
The share of Americans socializing publicly continues to rise: More than 1 in 5 Americans now say they are socializing in public places amid the coronavirus outbreak, the highest level since Morning Consult began tracking in early April. Republicans are more than twice as likely (31 percent) as Democrats (15 percent) to say they’re socializing in public places. Read more
⇾ 40 percent of voters approve of how Congress is handling the coronavirus, while 47 percent disapprove – the lowest net approval rating since Morning Consult began tracking. Read more
⇾ Reopening economies hasn’t meaningfully boosted consumer confidence. Read more
⇾ Fewer than a quarter of U.S. adults say they feel safe engaging in a range of leisure activities, such as going to the movies or to the gym. Read more
⇾ Gen Z already sees the coronavirus outbreak as the most impactful event of their lifetimes. Read more
⇾ 73 percent of U.S. adults say the Chinese government bears at least some responsibility for the current deaths, tied with “Americans who didn’t socially distance” as the most blamed entity. Read more
⇾ Half of voters say the U.S. is moving too quickly to reopen. Read more
⇾ From peak to trough, consumer confidence fell by 20 times its pre-COVID daily standard deviation, whereas stock prices fell by only six times. Read more
⇾ Democrats and Republicans have diverging views on the true death toll. Read more
⇾ Voters continue to believe social distancing is worth the potential economic cost. Read more
⇾ Seventy-nine percent of voters said they think a second wave of coronavirus cases is likely in the next year. Read more
The data on this page primarily comes from four sources: a twice-weekly survey (latest here) dedicated to tracking the coronavirus, the weekly Morning Consult/Politico poll tracking topical political events (latest here), Morning Consult Economic Intelligence, and Brand Intelligence.
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