Navigating Coronavirus — May 7

TOP TREND

  • Americans remain deeply concerned by Trump’s early downplaying and inaction — but for the first time, we are seeing indications of current actions garnering greater concerns among Americans. It is important to continue focusing on how Trump downplayed the threat of the virus early on and has ignored or overruled experts — but there is now serious salience in emphasizing how he is putting lives at risk by rushing to prematurely re-open the country and promoting dangerous medical advice.

THE LATEST

  • NYT: “For every indication of improvement in controlling the virus, new outbreaks have emerged elsewhere, leaving the nation stuck in a steady, unrelenting march of deaths and infections.”
  • NEW NAVIGATOR DATA >> A third of Americans (33%) know someone who has been infected with coronavirus, and more than 1 in 10 Americans now know someone who has died from the disease.
  • MORE NEW DATA >> 61% oppose re-opening the country in the next few weeks and 60% remain afraid social distancing will end too soon and prolong the pandemic, endangering both the economy and American lives.
  • AND >> 72% are more worried about the health and well-being of their families over their financial situation (28%).
  • AXIOS: “A senior administration official said he expects the president to begin publicly questioning the death toll as it closes in on his predictions for the final death count and damages him politically.”
  • REALITY CHECK >> “Fauci was asked at one point whether he thought deaths were being inflated. He said no, if anything they were being undercounted.” (CBS)

NEW NAVIGATOR TRACKING NUMBERS . . .

  • Americans are seriously worried about a “second wave” of coronavirus. 85% of the public, including 76% of Independents and 73% of Republicans, express worries about a future outbreak — as more and more Americans believe it will be a long time before we can return to normal.
  • MESSAGE >> Keep emphasizing that Trump’s rush to prematurely re-open the country will make a second outbreak more likely and more severe. His actions are going to get more Americans infected and killed.
  • Almost all Americans believe we did the right thing by social distancing — while only a small fraction believes it’s time to relax these measures. 89% of the public, including 82% of Republicans and 81% of Independents, say social distancing was the right thing to do — and just 17% say we need to relax now.
  • REALITY CHECK >> For all the coverage rightwing protests against social distancing orders have received, 79% of Americans say we need to keep doing what we’re doing or implement even stricter measures — including 69% of Republicans.
  • Despite Trump and Kushner declarations, Americans do not buy that Trump’s response has been “a success story.” Even a third of Republicans agree his response has been unsuccessful.

ECONOMIC CRISIS IN CONTEXT

  • Yesterday we learned that 20.2 million private sector workers lost their jobs in April alone, the worst drop in the report’s history.
  • We expect to learn on Friday that the unemployment rate has crossed 15% or more, a cataclysmic number that doesn’t even fully account for the damage that has been done to workers, small businesses, and the overall economy.
  • And we are hearing more and more about job losses that were supposed to be temporary becoming permanent as Trump bungles and exacerbates this economic crisis.
  • Instead of helping workers and doing everything possible to protect public health, Trump is laser-focused on “opening the economy” to help Wall Street and massive corporations no matter how many workers and families pay the price.
  • This will be devastating for the workers who will be forced to choose between their jobs and their health.
  • And it will have a disproportionate impact on Black workers who are more likely to be in service industry jobs and already suffering from the impact of coronavirus at greater rates.
  • But here is the reality: while Trump’s reckless rush to “reopen” may be good for Wall Street and big business, it won’t actually be good for the economy.
  • The actual economy is made up of people, not the stock market or corporations — and if people are sick or scared to leave their homes, the economy can’t truly recover.

ONE LAST THING . . .

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Navigating Coronavirus

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