The latest survey conducted by the multi-university COVID-19 Consortium for Understanding the Public’s Policy Preferences Across States, led in part by Shorenstein Center faculty Matthew Baum analyzed public attitudes regarding a new COVID-19 relief package.
The survey had five key findings:
(1) Large majorities of Americans overall, and in every state, support a new relief package
(2) Direct cash assistance to individuals is the most popular potential provision of such a package
(3) Aid to essential industries (like airlines) is the least popular potential provision
(4) Republicans and Democrats differ signifiantly on their most- and least-preferred provisions, though both strongly support a relief package
(5) Only 30% of respondents who said they are unemployed indicated that they received the $300 or $400 unemployment insurance supplements made available through President Trump’s August executive action. Of those, only 2% said that they received the full $400.