Gallup: More Americans Now Willing to Get COVID-19 Vaccine

Gallup: More Americans Now Willing to Get COVID-19 Vaccine. “Americans’ willingness to be vaccinated against COVID-19 rebounded a bit in October, as seen in Gallup polling conducted before Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna made promising announcements about the likely effectiveness of their coronavirus vaccines. Fifty-eight percent of Americans in the latest poll say they would get a COVID-19 vaccine, up from a low of 50% in September.”

UPI: 40% in U.S. planning large gatherings for holidays despite COVID-19 warnings

UPI: 40% in U.S. planning large gatherings for holidays despite COVID-19 warnings. “Nearly 40% of U.S. residents plan to participate in gatherings of 10 or more people this holiday season despite concerns over the spread of COVID-19, according to the findings of a survey released Thursday by Ohio State University. In addition, one-third of respondents said they wouldn’t ask attendees at holiday parties with family or friends to wear masks, and just over 25% indicated that they wouldn’t practice social distancing, the data showed.”

CNBC: Voters want Senate to prioritize coronavirus relief over Supreme Court, new poll finds

CNBC: Voters want Senate to prioritize coronavirus relief over Supreme Court, new poll finds. “About two-thirds of voters nationally and in six electoral swing states believe the Senate should focus on passing more coronavirus aid rather than confirming Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett, according to new CNBC/Change Research polls.”

Another casualty of the coronavirus pandemic: Trust in government science (Washington Post)

Washington Post: Another casualty of the coronavirus pandemic: Trust in government science. “Politics has thoroughly contaminated the scientific process. The result has been an epidemic of distrust, which further undermines the nation’s already chaotic and ineffective response to the coronavirus.”

Willamette Week: Most Oregonians Are Willing to Wear Masks During the Pandemic, but Just Can’t Stop Attending Parties

Willamette Week: Most Oregonians Are Willing to Wear Masks During the Pandemic, but Just Can’t Stop Attending Parties. “Two statewide surveys of Oregonians show that the majority of state residents take mask-wearing precautions seriously amid the COVID-19 pandemic but are still congregating in groups of more than 10.”

Chalkbeat: With most U.S. students still learning online, parents say they want better virtual instruction

Chalkbeat: With most U.S. students still learning online, parents say they want better virtual instruction. “The majority of America’s public school students are learning exclusively online, according to a new national poll of their parents — and most of those parents want school officials to focus on improving that experience.”

Los Angeles Times: Even some supporters are disappointed that COVID-19 bout didn’t humble Trump

Los Angeles Times: Even some supporters are disappointed that COVID-19 bout didn’t humble Trump. “The COVID-19 outbreak at the White House has refocused attention on how Trump has dealt with the pandemic — his biggest political liability. A Washington Post/ABC poll released last weekend found 58% of voters disapprove of how Trump has handled the pandemic. Many of those are Democrats, but in interviews even supporters of the president said he seemed to lack empathy for those who have suffered.”

Deadspin: Sports may be back, but the ratings aren’t — a new Marist poll tells us why

Deadspin: Sports may be back, but the ratings aren’t — a new Marist poll tells us why. “There was an assumption that when sports returned, fans would be relieved and eager. No less a figurehead than President Donald Trump has pushed for professional leagues to get back up and running, starting with a conference call with sports commissioners in early April. Leagues scrambled, and sports came back. As for the fans, not so much.”

GovTech: New Tool Aims to Help Government Fight COVID Misinformation

GovTech: New Tool Aims to Help Government Fight COVID Misinformation. “When the data analytics and messaging company AlphaVu launched in 2009, it filled, as founder and CEO Scott Wilkinson recalls, a ‘sleepy niche’ for technology that helps government agencies assess public opinion and craft messaging. Over half of the Washington, D.C.-based company’s business since then has been in the transportation sector, helping public transit or tolling agencies with outreach regarding road construction and multibillion-dollar toll projects. But in the midst of a global pandemic exacerbated by relentless misinformation on social media, the company believes its software could have a role to play in public health.”

CNN: Most Americans say Trump acted irresponsibly and distrust White House on his health

CNN: Most Americans say Trump acted irresponsibly and distrust White House on his health. “Two-thirds of Americans say President Donald Trump handled the risk of coronavirus infection to others around him irresponsibly, according to a new CNN Poll conducted by SSRS in the days following the announcement that the President had contracted the virus that has disrupted everyday life for millions of people for more than half a year.”

‘I fell for what Trump was saying’: Workers sound off on virus, uncertainty about economic aid (Boston Globe)

Boston Globe: ‘I fell for what Trump was saying’: Workers sound off on virus, uncertainty about economic aid. “With President Trump calling for a new economic stimulus package to be put off until after the election, millions of unemployed Americans and hard-hit businesses may have to wait until after Election Day, or possibly next year, to find out if their rapidly dwindling benefits will be extended. Although the president backtracked via Twitter on Tuesday night, seeming to support another round of stimulus checks and aid for small businesses and airlines, his message wasn’t reassuring.”

Data for Progress: Voters Want The Senate To Prioritize Coronavirus Relief Over A Supreme Court Nomination

Data for Progress: Voters Want The Senate To Prioritize Coronavirus Relief Over A Supreme Court Nomination. “In three states, North Carolina, Texas, and Montana — all of which traditionally lean Republican — we asked voters a similar question as to what the Senate should prioritize: Passing new coronavirus relief legislation, or confirming a new Supreme Court Justice. We find that voters in these states want the Senate to prioritize additional coronavirus economic relief. In North Carolina and Texas, this is the position of nearly two thirds of voters — 67 percent and 66 percent, respectively.”

Phys .org: Men less likely to see food as national security issue amid pandemic

Phys .org: Men less likely to see food as national security issue amid pandemic. “On average, men not only showed less empathy toward temporary agricultural laborers, known as H-2A guest workers, but also were less likely to see food supply and production as issues of national security, according to a study led by a Washington State University researcher. This particular finding relating to gender stood out from the rest of the study’s results. The survey was conducted before and during the COVID-19 pandemic.”

University of Minnesota: New tool ranks COVID-19 responses of 19 hard-hit nations

University of Minnesota: New tool ranks COVID-19 responses of 19 hard-hit nations. “The 10-item COVID-SCORE tool, created and validated by the Barcelona Institute for Global Health, the City University of New York (CUNY), and other international organizations, was used in mid-June to survey the attitudes of 13,426 randomly selected participants in 19 countries heavily affected by the pandemic on key issues such as governmental messaging, access to health services, and social welfare.”