Heart+Mind Strategies fielded a series of questions May 27-28, 2020 via an online survey.

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NOTE: Findings based on preliminary data.

Threat Remains + Time to Reopen

Americans still believe the virus is a threat but significantly below the high of 83% in early April. Over half of Americans now agree that is time to reopen.

Almost half of all Americans believe that public health is poor or in crisis.


An Economy Focus is Driving Reopen

For the first time a majority of Americans believe the economy will feel the impact of the coronavirus for a year or more.

Is the Income Gap Widening?

Almost 70% of Americans agree that the income gap is widening and 60% agree that we have to require the government to address income inequality.

Eroding Trust

Trust in all levels of government fell this week with state governments continuing to be the most trusted, followed closely by local government, and the federal government significantly lower.

Trust in physicians and hospitals drops.

Trust in online searches and social media continues to decline, along with broadcast news.

Driving us Further Apart

For the first time, more Americans believe the coronavirus crisis is driving us further apart instead of bringing us closer together.

Eroding Hope

Feelings of hope are at their lowest since measurement began. The most common reason for hope is described as people being generally hopeful and continuing to live that way.

Concern is up this week but other more intense negative emotions are down slightly.

COVID-19 Continues to Impact Underlying Values

Social Distancing Behaviors Vary by Region

As Americans begin to socialize again they are making decisions on how they will or will not maximize social distancing.

Returning to “Normal” Activities

There is an increased expectation to return to school and/or daycare soon.

Gym visits are expected later.

More push public events beyond a year.

Expected personal car trips push out.

Data Source: Heart+Mind Strategies fielded a series of questions 5/20-21/2020 via an online survey. Access the full report here: Download PDF.  

Sample: n=1,001 US Adults 18+

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