Navigating Coronavirus — June 24

TOP TREND

  • NEW NAVIGATOR POLL >> The number of Americans who say the country’s on the wrong track hits record high. 71% marks the highest point in Navigator tracking, as 58% disapprove of Trump’s job as president.

THE LATEST

  • TPM: “Feds About To Bail On Supporting COVID Testing Sites In Texas And Other States”
  • “The Trump administration is ending funding and support for local COVID-19 testing sites around the country this month, as cases and hospitalizations are skyrocketing in many states.”
  • WAPO: “Fauci says country is seeing ‘disturbing surge’ of infections”
  • “Contrary to statements from President Trump and Vice President Pence that the recent increase in infections was largely due to an increase in testing, Fauci said the surges in more than a dozen states were largely attributable to an increase in community transmission.”
  • CNN: CDC director: Covid-19 has ‘brought this nation to its knees’
  • KHOU: “Texas Children’s Hospital admitting adult patients to free up hospital beds in Houston”
  • ABC: “Dallas hospital forced to create additional COVID-19 space after running out of room”
  • NBC: “Florida coronavirus: More than 3K new cases reported, positive tests increasing in younger age group”
  • PBS: “Fauci tells Congress more testing needed to combat ‘disturbing surge’ in virus”

NAVIGATOR TRACKING NUMBERS . . .

  • A majority of Americans now say the worst is yet to come on coronavirus, as the share of Americans who want more aggressive social distancing is at its highest point since April 13. Public opinion is strikingly at odds with Trump’s declaration of a pandemic victory and his rush to return to the campaign trail with big rallies.
  • Democrats in Congress and Governors continue to best Trump, despite his attacks. Congressional Democrats are more trusted on key coronavirus issues, including safely reopening the country (+10) and responding to the pandemic’s economic impact (+3), and Governors still have much higher approval than Trump — especially Democratic Governors and Governors in states where cases are not increasing.
  • Americans are broadly concerned with reopening too quickly, especially in states where cases are increasing. Likewise, nearly two-thirds of Americans believe cases are increasing across the country, even as Trump tries to claim “we’ve done too good a job.”

ECONOMIC CRISIS IN CONTEXT

  • This is devastating for the construction workers and local contractors who will lose their jobs, and it comes on top of the estimated 1.5 million teachers, firefighters, and other key workers who have already been laid off as state and local governments cut their budgets.
  • Cutting budgets and jobs is exactly the opposite of what governments should be doing in the midst of a recession, and it’s going to make this Trump recession far longer and deeper than it needs to be unless Congress acts quickly.
  • State and local governments are often constrained by balanced budget requirements and have to choose between raising taxes or cutting jobs and services when a recession hits.
  • This is why it’s so important for Congress to step in to support state and local governments, save jobs across the country, and help the economy emerge from this recession as quickly as possible.
  • And what’s Trump’s response? More tax breaks for the wealthiest Americans and biggest corporations.
  • CONTEXT >> Austerity budgets at the federal and state levels have hollowed out governments’ ability to properly respond to financial crises and have left workers and the overall economy more vulnerable to economic downturns like the one we’re seeing now.
  • REMINDER >> 12 million more Americans would have fallen into poverty if not for government support — and millions more will fall into poverty if that support is cut off.

ONE LAST THING . . .

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