Newsy/Ipsos Poll: Three quarters of Americans think President Trump should wear a face mask in public
Latest Newsy/Ipsos poll shows Americans split on whether to remove
slaveholder statues from public spaces, but vast majority want Trump to wear a mask in public.
June 30, 2020 — While coronavirus cases begin to spike across the nation and the 2020 presidential election nears, a new Newsy/Ipsos poll finds that the COVID-19 pandemic tops the list of most important political issues. However, racial inequality is a growing concern, with one in three citing it as an important issue compared to fewer than 10 percent last December. Americans are more divided on this topic, though, as there is a nearly even split on support or opposition for the removal of statues or monuments of slaveholders from public spaces across the country.
1. Just under half of Americans say the COVID-19 pandemic is one of their most important political issues right now, but those citing racial inequality has more than quadrupled since December 2019
- Forty-five percent of Americans believe that the COVID-19 pandemic is one of the three most important political issues. This is followed by the economy and jobs (34%), which has more than doubled in those who find it important since last December (15%).
- Compared to late last year, the most rapidly growing issue is racial inequality: more than four times as many Americans now when compared to the end of 2019 think it is one of the most important current political issues (31% now vs. 7% in December). Some groups are more likely to choose racial inequality than the COVID-19 pandemic, including the Gen Z generation (60% racial inequality, 35% COVID-19 pandemic) and Black or African Americans (62%, 45%, respectively).
2. Americans are split on whether to remove statues or monuments of slaveholders from public spaces across the country.
- Overall, 45% of Americans support removing these statues, compared to 47% who oppose.
- Majorities of Americans under 35 (60%), Black (73%) and Hispanic (56%) Americans, as well as Democrats (68%) support removing these statues or monuments from public spaces across the country.
3. Americans are also divided in their prediction of the most likely outcome of the 2020 election. They do agree, however, that President Trump should wear a mask in public.
- Forty-two percent say they believe Joe Biden will win in November, while 38% believe President Trump will be re-elected. Another 16% say they do not know.
- Three quarters of Americans agree that President Trump should wear a face mask in public (74%), including 56% of Republicans.
- A majority of Democrats and Independents (54%), though it is of particular importance for Democrats, say it is important for Joe Biden to select a woman of color as his vice presidential nominee, including 55% of Black Americans and 61% of those under 35 who identify as Democrats or Independents.
4. Many are feeling financial woes related to COVID-19. For those under age 40, it has made some reconsider their family plans.
- Half of all Americans feel worse about their financial situation now (49%), and a third say it has gotten harder to pay rent or mortgage since the pandemic began.
- More Americans are not concerned about losing their jobs (51%) than those who are concerned (45%), but majorities of non-white Americans and those under 35 years old say they are concerned (both 52%).
- More than two in five Millennials and Gen Zers say the pandemic has made them less likely to want to have any, or any more, children (43% without children in the household, 42% with children in the household).
These are the findings of an Ipsos poll conducted between June 25–29, 2020 on behalf of Newsy. For this survey, a sample of 2,008 adults age 18+ from the continental U.S., Alaska, and Hawaii was interviewed online in English. The poll has a credibility interval of plus or minus 2.5 percentage points for all
respondents. For full results, please refer to the following annotated questionnaire at Ipsos.com.
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