Navigating Coronavirus — October 14

THE LATEST, INFORMED BY **NEW** NAVIGATOR POLLING…

THE FALL SURGE IS HERE, AND WE’RE FACING THE WORST OUTBREAK IN THE WORLD BECAUSE OF TRUMP’S NEGLIGENCE AND FAILURES.

  • Axios: “After the first brutal wave of outbreaks, other countries did much better than the U.S. at learning from their mistakes and preventing more of their population from dying.”
  • DON’T FORGET HOW WE GOT HERE >> Early on, Trump failed to prepare and mobilize the response needed to control the pandemic — allowing coronavirus to spread wildly across the country. He constantly downplayed the threat, overruled or ignored health experts and scientists, and now — nearly seven months into the crisis — Trump himself is irresponsibly spreading the virus after his own infection.

NEW NAVIGATOR POLLING >>

  • Americans are feeling the pain of the fall surge: The share of Americans saying cases are increasing in their state is up 6 points in just one week, as desire for more aggressive social distancing measures also increases.
  • LOOK AT THE TRACKING >> Thanks to nearly 7 months of Navigating Coronavirus’ tracking polls, we can look back and see that this week’s data looks a lot like what we saw at the beginning of the summer surge.
  • As Americans feel this pandemic getting worse, they overwhelmingly list it as their top concern — and they increasingly say Trump isn’t doing enough to address it.
  • WHAT IT MEANS >> Republicans and President Trump continue to pretend like this pandemic doesn’t exist, holding superspreader events, putting coronavirus relief on hold, and rushing a lifetime Supreme Court appointment before the election. They are way out of step with what Americans want them to focus on.

TRUMP’S RECKLESS, IRRESPONSIBLE BEHAVIOR IS ON FULL DISPLAY AS HE PERSONALLY SPREADS THE VIRUS WITH RALLIES IN COVID-19 HOTSPOTS.

  • Washington Post: “Fauci says Trump is ‘asking for trouble’ by holding rallies with no social distancing”
  • SHOT: “Iowa reports 17 COVID-19 deaths, 580 coronavirus cases as hospitalizations hit new high”
  • CHASER: “In a campaign frenzy, Trump heads to Iowa — where Covid-19 is currently ‘out of control’”
  • SHOT: “Florida will be ‘like a house on fire’ in weeks with loose coronavirus restrictions, infectious disease expert says”
  • CHASER: “‘Trump holds packed rally after Covid diagnosis as he struggles in polls’: President addresses mostly maskless crowd in key swing state of Florida”

NEW NAVIGATOR POLLING >>

  • Americans are deeply concerned by Trump’s behavior: the share of Americans describing him as “irresponsible” has gone up 8 points in two months.
  • Unlike Trump, who is running around the country holding large events and pretending the virus doesn’t exist, Americans are overwhelmingly cautious when it comes to reopening the country and doing things like this — including two-thirds of independents and more than a third of Republicans.
  • TRUMP OR BIDEN >> Unlike Trump, Americans see Biden as being responsible with the virus and transparent with information about his own health — and trust him to get things back to normal.
  • Wow: Biden has a 59-point net advantage over Trump when it comes to whether his behavior is demonstrating good leadership.
  • DR. FAUCI: “The Trump Campaign Is ‘In Effect, Harassing Me’”
  • Politico: “Trump attacks Fauci amid campaign ad feud”

COURTING TROUBLE…

INSTEAD OF PRIORITIZING CORONAVIRUS RELIEF DURING THIS FALL SURGE, REPUBLICANS ARE ONLY FOCUSED ON A RUSHED POWER GRAB FOR A LIFETIME SUPREME COURT APPOINTMENT.

  • AP: “Graham has linked himself to Trump after years of mocking the president. And he said in the past that he would not consider Supreme Court nominations in presidential election years. Yet there he was, gavel in hand, refusing to get tested just beforehand or to enforce a mask-wearing rule for those in the cavernous hearing room. Trump and a circle of supporters who attended a recent Rose Garden ceremony for Barrett had been infected. At least two members of Graham’s committee, Sens. Thom Tillis and Mike Lee, have also tested positive.”
  • Axios: “White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows refused to speak to reporters outside Amy Coney Barrett’s confirmation hearing on Monday after they requested that he keep his face mask on. Why it matters: Meadows has been working out of the White House, which has become a hotspot for the coronavirus over the past two weeks.

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