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: Nov. 23, 2020

Coronavirus concerns in the community: The share of Americans who think the coronavirus poses a severe health risk in their local community ticked up to 42 percent amid a surge in concern among Democrats, which reached 57 percent Nov. 19-23, up from 49 percent the week before.

Strong Trump backers drive mask decline: The share of U.S. adults who say face masks are effective at preventing the spread of the coronavirus fell below 80 percent for the first time since mid-September, driven by a 10-percentage point drop among adults who strongly approve of President Donald Trump, which reached 65 percent.

Vaccine willingness ticks up: The share of adults who said they’d get a coronavirus vaccine if one became available reached its highest level since late August, at 53 percent, amid slight upticks in willingness among Democrats and independents. Republicans are now the least likely to say they’d get vaccinated, at 46 percent.

Trump’s COVID-19 handling gets boost from GOP voters: Net approval among Republicans for Trump’s handling of the coronavirus reached its highest mark in over a month and jumped 10 points from the previous week, with 84 percent approving and 14 percent disapproving. Trump’s net approval among GOP voters was 74 percent on Oct. 10 and declined over the next month to its low last week of 60 percent, before rising to 70 percent in the most recent survey.

Socializing wanes as cases rise: Willingness to socialize in public spaces amid the pandemic has dipped to some of the lowest levels since September among both Democratic and Republican adults as daily coronavirus cases continue to rise. The decrease was more significant among GOP adults, with 37 percent saying as of Nov. 23 that they are “continuing to socialize in public places” or “continuing to socialize in public places, but less than before, a drop of 7 percentage points from Nov. 14 and the lowest percentage since Sept. 13 (38 percent). One in 5 Democrats said they’re continuing to socialize in public, a decrease of 3 points from Nov. 14 and the lowest percentage since Sept. 13, when it was also 20 percent.

PERSONAL IMPACT
Concern Over Outbreak Among All Adults Remains Steady
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 Nov. 19-23, 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 Nov. 19-23, 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 Nov. 19-23, 2020.

PERSONAL IMPACT
1 in 5 Democrats, 37% of 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 Nov. 19-23, 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 Nov. 19-23, 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 Nov. 19-23, 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 Nov. 21-Nov. 23, 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 Nov. 21-Nov. 23, 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 Nov. 19-23, 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 Nov. 19-23, 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 Nov. 19-23, 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 Nov. 21-Nov. 23, 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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