At this point in the summer Americans are wondering what the “new next” will be.  Following are some of the key storylines from our tracking data:

  • Potomac Fever: political conditions are realigning; wedge issues have been neutralized; the Biden vote is being energized by negative emotions; squatting at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave?
  • Impacts Wide, Deep and Very Real: COVID-19 divisions in society are growing while vaccine optimism is rising, but economic and at-home worries persist.
  • Calling Cronkite: trust in the media is the lowest of all institutions; blame for divisions.
  • We Can Do It!: there is little appetite to go back to lockdowns; balance is needed.

Our report with the latest tracking data, charts, and storylines from our biweekly national omnibus survey, the Heart+Mind Pulse, can be downloaded using the following link:


Data Source: Heart+Mind Strategies fielded a series of questions 8/5-6/2020 via an online survey.  

Sample: n=1,004 US Adults 18+

Topics: We explored attitudes, feelings, and actions with respect to the COVID-19 crisis and upcoming presidential election. This provides a quick look at the key storylines we uncovered by quickly digging into the data set.