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We’re trying something new: welcome to our first research newsletter. In it, you’ll get access to our latest data and a look inside the excellent reporting done by partners like you. At the bottom, we’ll also share a couple of polling-related stories that we’re keeping our eye on.
“Nearly three in 10 Republicans who lost jobs say they are better off economically than they were a year ago, a sentiment that is shared by barely one in 10 Democrats who have kept their jobs throughout the crisis.” by Jim Tankersley for the New York Times (link)
“More than four in 10 workers in the U.S. say they are now spending more time on video calls, emails and other work applications since the start of the coronavirus outbreak, according to a new Wall Street Journal/SurveyMonkey poll.” by Chip Cutter for the Wall Street Journal (link)
SurveyMonkey shared more of this data in a LinkedIn Live video featuring product leaders from SurveyMonkey and Microsoft in a conversation on how coronavirus has changed the nature of technology at work.
“Joe Biden gained ground with skeptical Democrats and a key slice of independents during the Democratic National Convention, a SurveyMonkey poll for Axios finds.” by Margaret Talev for Axios (link)
A pair of word clouds from the polling provides a snapshot of America's mood. The top three words Democrats used to describe the convention were "hopeful," "inclusive" and "united":
Republicans' top three words were "boring," "lies" and "joke":
“President Donald Trump's overall job approval rating and voters' assessments of his handling of the coronavirus pandemic have remained stable this summer, according to data from the NBC News|SurveyMonkey Weekly Tracking Poll, despite a spike in the number of virus cases and a rising death toll.” By Melissa Holzberg for NBC News (link)
“Among Americans who were receiving the pandemic unemployment assistance when it expired in July, 31% say they have cut their household spending since the benefit receded in July—a response that indicates a decline in spending in millions of households.” by Lance Lambert for Fortune (link)
What we’re watching:
“Now, Democrats are trying to knock off Republicans outside San Antonio, Houston and the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex. These are suburban Congressional districts that a few election cycles ago were once unthinkable for Democrats but now have the potential to be competitive because of a growth in diversity.” by Amber Phillips in the Washington Post (link)
As Hurricane Laura (no relation) makes its way to the Gulf Coast, it’s worth revisiting this 2015 Kaiser Family Foundation/NPR: New Orleans 10 Years After Katrina Survey, in which 36% of New Orleans residents said they thought the levees would be breached if Hurricane Katrina were to hit the Gulf Coast again. Black New Orleanians were more likely than whites to say the levees would be breached again (41% vs. 28%).
We’ll have much more data to share in the lead-up to the elections this November. Please get in touch with any feedback or questions—just shoot a reply to this email. Thanks for reading!