Americans Begin the Return To Normalcy

May 14, 2020

Coronavirus Tracking Update

Overview

The latest data from the Firehouse Strategies and Optimus Analytics coronavirus tracking survey shows Americans slowly returning to their normal lives. Today, fewer Americans indicated that they have changed their daily routines or future plans due to the coronavirus (75%) compared to a week ago (81%). Meanwhile, the majority of Americans remain at least somewhat worried about contracting the coronavirus (66%), a decrease from the previous week (71%). These numbers mark a turning point in the public’s response to the coronavirus. Our key findings and trendlines for today’s data points are found on our GitHub page and linked below.

Key Points

  • Although the majority of Americans remain at least somewhat worried about contracting the coronavirus (66%), they are less worried now than they were a week ago (71%). Today, fewer Americans indicated that they have changed their daily routines or future plans due to the coronavirus (75%) compared to a week ago (81%).

 

  • Joe Biden extends his nationwide lead in our tracking, back up to 9 points (52-43). In the generic congressional ballot, the Democrat Party also holds an 8 point lead (46% Dems vs 38% GOP).

 

  • The approval rating of governors on their handling of the coronavirus outbreak has slipped, currently sitting at 68% approval compared to 32% disapproval. Their approval ratings remain higher than Trump and Congress, who are currently both at 47% approval on the issue.

 

  • When asked about the country’s economic conditions, Americans responded differently depending on their party identification. Democrats are more pessimistic about the economy, with the majority (51%) indicating that current conditions are poor, a figure that is only at 24% among Republicans.

Full Results

The full toplines, crosstabs, and methodology can be found on our GitHub page.