Latest CNBC/Change Research Poll Shows Concerns for COVID-19 Are Declining While Trump Approval Rises
ENGLEWOOD CLIFFS, N.J., August 26, 2020 – CNBC and Change Research today announced the results of their latest joint "States of Play" poll, conducted August 21– August 23.
Among likely battleground voters (Arizona, Florida, Michigan, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin), very serious concerns about COVID-19 are on the decline (45% versus the previous 49%) while approval of Trump's handling of COVID-19 rose 3 points to 47% , the highest it has been since mid-May (49%), and his overall job performance rating rose 2 points to 48%. Still, 52% of likely battleground voters say Biden and Democrats would do a better job handling COVID-19.
Meanwhile, likely voters in the battleground states are starting to feel better about the economy as well as their safety. Over the past two weeks, there has been a noticeable decrease (6%) in pessimism about the U.S. economy and unemployment rate with shifts coming primarily from Arizona, Florida and Wisconsin. Changes among Republicans were the most significant and the assessment from Democrats and independents also improved. However, 60% of likely battleground voters still rate the economy and U.S. job market negatively (60% and 59%, respectively). Additionally, 51% of likely battleground voters are still pessimistic about the U.S. economy and 56% are still pessimistic about the unemployment rate in the year ahead.
CNBC and Change Research polled over 4,900 likely general election voters from the six previously noted battleground states, as well as over 2,300 likely general election voters nationally, to determine economic sentiment amongst voters. Additional key findings from the most recent CNBC/Change Research "States of Play" poll include:
CNBC Washington D.C. Correspondent Eamon Javers and Reporter Ylan Mui will reveal the results of the CNBC/Change Research "States of Play Poll" today, Wednesday, August 26th throughout CNBC's Business Day programming with additional coverage on-air tomorrow, Thursday, August 27th.
For more information on the survey including the full results and methodology and in-depth articles, go to: https://changeresearch.com/post/states-of-play-battleground-wave-12/.
Between August 21-23, 2020, Change Research surveyed 2,362 likely general election voters nationally and 4,904 likely general election voters in the battleground states of Arizona, Florida, Michigan, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin. The margin of error as traditionally calculated among the national sample is ±2.02% and among the battleground sample is ±1.4%. Change Research reaches voters via targeted online ads that point people to an online survey instrument. Its Dynamic Online Sampling establishes and continuously rebalances advertising targets across region, age, gender, race, and partisanship to dynamically deliver large samples that accurately reflect the demographics of a population. In the national survey and the survey of battleground states, post-stratification was done on gender, age, region, education, race, and 2016 presidential vote.
For additional methodological information, visit www.changeresearch.com/methodology.
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