Washington Post: New evidence that Trump’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic is pushing his support lower

Washington Post: New evidence that Trump’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic is pushing his support lower. “Over the past two months, former vice president Joe Biden’s lead over President Trump in the RealClearPolitics average of national polling of the upcoming presidential contest has nearly doubled. It’s a period that has overlapped with a number of major shifts in the country and in the national mood, including the ongoing — and now resurging — coronavirus pandemic and widespread protests focused on racial equality. So it doesn’t seem like much of a stretch to assume that perhaps those two things are correlated.”

Pew: Three Months In, Many Americans See Exaggeration, Conspiracy Theories and Partisanship in COVID-19 News

Pew (PEW PEW PEW PEW PEW PEW PEW!- yes, I must do it here too.): Three Months In, Many Americans See Exaggeration, Conspiracy Theories and Partisanship in COVID-19 News. “As Americans continue to process a steady flow of information about the coronavirus outbreak – from changing infection and death rates to new testing protocols and evolving social distancing guidelines – they give the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and other public health organizations the highest rating when it comes to getting the facts right. And they give Donald Trump and his administration the lowest rating for ‘getting the facts right’ among five key sources of COVID-19 information, according to a Pew Research Center survey of 9,654 U.S. adults conducted June 4-10, 2020, as part of the American News Pathways project.”

89% of Americans wear masks in public as the coronavirus pandemic persists: POLL (ABC News)

ABC News: 89% of Americans wear masks in public as the coronavirus pandemic persists: POLL. “An overwhelming majority of Americans say they’ve worn a face mask in public in the last week, as the coronavirus pandemic persists and infections reach new highs in more than a dozen states, a new ABC News/Ipsos poll finds. Nearly nine in 10 Americans (89%) who left their home in the last week said they wore a face mask or a face covering, compared to only 11% who said they did not.”

Approval of Trump’s coronavirus response sinks to lowest on record amid surge in cases: Reuters/Ipsos poll (Reuters)

Reuters: Approval of Trump’s coronavirus response sinks to lowest on record amid surge in cases: Reuters/Ipsos poll. “American approval of President Donald Trump’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic has dropped to the lowest level on record, the latest Reuters/Ipsos opinion poll shows, as new COVID-19 cases surged and Trump was widely criticized for suggesting he wanted to slow down testing.”

PC Magazine: Help Predict the Future With Facebook’s Forecast App

PC Magazine: Help Predict the Future With Facebook’s Forecast App. “Can you predict whether there will be a second wave of COVID-19 cases in the US this year? Do you think AMC Theatres will file for bankruptcy in 2020? Want to weigh in on the chances of Netflix commissioning a Tiger King spinoff? There’s a Facebook app for that.”

Approval of Trump’s coronavirus response underwater, as he returns to campaign trail: POLL (ABC News)

ABC News: Approval of Trump’s coronavirus response underwater, as he returns to campaign trail: POLL. “A solid majority of Americans disapprove of President Donald Trump’s handling of the coronavirus, even as he returned to the campaign trail with a rally Saturday night that marked his first major event since the pandemic began, a new ABC News/Ipsos poll released Sunday finds.”

NiemanLab: Americans don’t think misleading political ads should be on social media. (They also don’t trust platforms to remove them.)

NiemanLab: Americans don’t think misleading political ads should be on social media. (They also don’t trust platforms to remove them.). “People worldwide think Facebook should block political ads. The Reuters Institute for Journalism’s annual Digital News Report came out this week; we covered it broadly here, but I waited for this column to delve into the fake news stuff. Here are a few findings.”

University of Minnesota: Facebook studies reveal science mistrust winning on vaccine messaging

University of Minnesota: Facebook studies reveal science mistrust winning on vaccine messaging. “Facebook groups that fuel mistrust of health guidance, such as those that air anti-vaccine views, have gained the upper hand over groups with reliable information from health agencies, a team led by George Washington University reported yesterday in Nature. Meanwhile, a separate study showed that Facebook posts about the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine were largely negative.”

Martin McKee: Trust is essential in a pandemic, but the British prime minister is squandering it (The BMJ Opinion)

The BMJ Opinion: Martin McKee: Trust is essential in a pandemic, but the British prime minister is squandering it. “Of all the words that journalists used to describe Boris Johnson when he became British prime minister, ‘divisive’ was among the most frequent. He inherited a country that was split down the middle, and within months, launched a general election campaign that played on these divisions. Yet in late May 2020 he did something few thought he was capable of—uniting people of all political persuasions and none. It was little surprise that he was being criticised by the leader of the opposition. It was more surprising that there was a bench of Church of England bishops condemning him, with one asking ‘do we accept being lied to, patronised and treated by a PM as mugs?’, against a backdrop of concerns from some of his own MPs and a number of scientists advising the government. However, what really made people take notice was when the Daily Mail, normally one of his strongest supporters in the media, carried a front page bearing a picture of the prime minister and his closest adviser, Dominic Cummings, asking ‘What planet are they on?'”

McGill University: COVID-19 Pandemic Uniting Canadians Like No Other Event In Decades

McGill University: COVID-19 Pandemic Uniting Canadians Like No Other Event In Decades. “A new study by researchers from McGill University and the University of Toronto finds a cross-partisan consensus on battling COVID-19 in Canada. Unlike in the U.S., this consensus is fostering broad agreement on the threats posed by the pandemic and the actions necessary to contain it – all of which is crucial to efforts to fight the virus.”

Penn State College of Engineering: Twitter data may offer policy makers a glimpse into demand for renewable energy

Penn State College of Engineering: Twitter data may offer policy makers a glimpse into demand for renewable energy. “Tweets could one day help policy makers and energy companies better communicate in near real-time to help customers make better sustainable energy choices, according to a team of researchers. In a study of Twitter data from users in Alaska, researchers found that they could plot how people’s opinions changed about renewable energy over time, as well as what forms of renewable energy were more acceptable, said Somayeh Asadi, assistant professor of architectural engineering, Penn State.”

Washington Post: Most rate Trump’s coronavirus response negatively and expect crowds will be unsafe until summer, Post-U. Md. poll finds

Washington Post: Most rate Trump’s coronavirus response negatively and expect crowds will be unsafe until summer, Post-U. Md. poll finds. “Most Americans expect no immediate easing of the health risks associated with the coronavirus pandemic, despite calls by President Trump and others to begin reopening the economy quickly. A majority say it could be June or later before it will be safe for larger gatherings to take place again, according to a Washington Post-University of Maryland poll. Most Americans — 54 percent — give the president negative marks for his handling of the outbreak in this country and offer mixed reviews for the federal government as a whole. By contrast, 72 percent of Americans give positive ratings to the governors of their states for the way they have dealt with the crisis, with workers also rating their employers positively.”

NBC News: Sixty percent believe worst is yet to come for the U.S. in coronavirus pandemic

NBC News: Sixty percent believe worst is yet to come for the U.S. in coronavirus pandemic. “A majority of American voters say they’re worried that someone in their immediate family might catch the coronavirus, and 6 in 10 believe the worst is yet to come in the U.S., according to a new national NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll.”

Techdirt: Turns Out Most People Still Don’t Hate ‘Big Internet’ As Much As Politicians And The Media Want Them To

Techdirt: Turns Out Most People Still Don’t Hate ‘Big Internet’ As Much As Politicians And The Media Want Them To. “The good folks over at The Verge have done a big consumer survey of people’s general opinions of various big internet companies and it shows that most people still like these internet services, and believe, on the whole, that they make their lives better, not worse. Even the services that get the ‘worst’ grades, still get over a 60% ‘favorable’ rating, while Amazon, Google, YouTube, Netflix, Microsoft, and Apple all come in over 80% positive (with Amazon, Google, and YouTube breaking 90%).”