Navigating Coronavirus — June 17


  • Trump disapproval has hit a record high during our tracking. 58% now disapprove of the job he’s doing as president, and his approval rating among Independents stands at just 34%.


  • CNN: “An updated model from the University of Washington projects more than 201,000 COVID-19 deaths in the U.S. by October. That estimate is up 30,000 from just last week.”
  • NYT: “Florida, Texas and Arizona all set records for the most cases they have reported in a single day.”
  • WSJ: “As U.S. Nursing-Home Deaths Reach 50,000, States Ease Lockdowns”
  • CNN: “Pence tries to declare coronavirus over as Trump pushes reopening and campaigning”
  • WAPO: “Trump predicts a coronavirus vaccine by the end of the year, though public health experts are unsure”
  • “Public health experts, including Anthony S. Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease official, have said there is no guarantee that a working vaccine will be available by the end of the year.”
  • Politico: “Some GOP lawmakers who benefited from the Paycheck Protection Program also opposed legislation requiring lending transparency.”
  • AP: “Government watchdogs are warning that a legal determination by the Trump administration could severely limit their ability to oversee more than $1 trillion in spending related to the coronavirus pandemic.”
  • “The warning comes as lawmakers complain that the Trump administration has repeatedly blocked efforts to oversee the rescue law, including refusing to turn over detailed information about companies that applied for and received federal loans intended for small businesses.”


  • Americans overwhelmingly believe the number of new coronavirus cases is increasing, even as Trump pretends the crisis is over. The share of Americans who say we need more strict social distancing has also ticked up in recent weeks, indicating Trump is way out of touch with the public on his approach to reopening.
  • MORE >> Trump is losing the argument on reopening. A majority agrees that Trump is ignoring medical experts and putting lives at risk by pushing to reopen too aggressively.
  • If we face a second wave, Americans don’t want to keep things open. 60% support reversing reopening plans in the case of another outbreak.
  • Americans are more likely to believe the spread of coronavirus is due to rushed and unsafe reopening than the recent protests. Trump may be trying to blame the protests, but people aren’t buying it yet — they point to a number of factors contributing a lot to the spread of coronavirus, most notably people ignoring safety precautions or not wearing masks.
  • Trust in state and local leaders to respond to coronavirus over Trump has gone up a lot — as nearly two-thirds now choose the former, including nearly 40% of Republicans.





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