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Campaign 2020: The Candidates and Issues

Less than four months before Election Day, there is much interest in the campaign, but considerably less excitement. Political polarization continues to dominate the public’s views of the candidates and the issues.

Growing Dissatisfaction with Direction of Country

Americans are more dissatisfied with the country’s direction than at any time since President Trump’s inauguration. While the president’s overall job ratings have been stable during the pandemic, views of his handling of the coronavirus outbreak have steadily declined.

Government Performance during COVID-19

The president’s job ratings continue to hold steady during the coronavirus outbreak, according to the AP-NORC Poll conducted in May 2020, even as few Americans approve of how the federal government is handling the pandemic.

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