Navigating Coronavirus — July 23

Navigating Coronavirus
4 min readJul 23, 2020

Today’s email offers a spotlight on the economy, with new polling on Trump’s economic standing and rhetoric, support for economic measures like extending UI and arguments around it, and general sentiment about the state of the economy.

Read on for today’s Navigating Coronavirus…

It’s been 148 days since President Trump said we’d soon have zero cases in the U.S. We now have 4.1 million cases and more than 146,000 deaths.


Trump and his allies are feeling the heat for their deeply unpopular and economically disastrous plan to cut the incomes of 30 million Americans during a pandemic and are starting to cave — but their proposal to slash benefits would still be devastating for workers and the economy and even a short-term extension would needlessly continue the uncertainty.

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  • NEW NAVIGATOR POLL >> Support for extending unemployment insurance continues to be really high. Nearly 7 in 10 Americans want Congress and Trump to provide the $600-a-week expanded unemployment income through at least January 2021.
  • MORE >> The argument for extending UI beats the argument against it by almost 20 points. Americans don’t buy the Trump/GOP argument that unemployment aid disincentivizes work, and the top reasons for supporting extension include helping people pay bills and taking care of those who lost their job because of a pandemic.




  • Public sentiment on the economy is souring, as more Americans worry about their own financial situation. Since June 8, there’s been a net 11 point shift in how people feel about their personal financial situation — with a majority now feeling uneasy.
  • Majorities of Americans think Trump’s approach to the pandemic has hurt the economy and disapprove of his handling of the economic recovery. By double digits, Americans now trust congressional Democrats more than Trump on the economic response to coronavirus, as Trump’s overall approval on handling the economy has also hit an all-time low in our tracking, at -9 (44% approve / 53% disapprove), and is even worse when it comes to his handling the economic recovery from the pandemic, at -16 (40% approve / 56% disapprove).
  • Americans aren’t buying Trump’s economic pitch. A majority doesn’t find his argument of restoring a strong economy to be convincing, and their top concern with Trump’s economic approach is that his rush to reopen against experts’ warnings will hurt the economy even more and cause more job loss.

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Navigating Coronavirus

A daily product to help you navigate Donald Trump’s handling of the coronavirus crisis and government response efforts. A project informed by @NavigatorSurvey.