2020 Polls Reveal Voter Sentiment on Economic and Fiscal Policy Options

Leading up to the 2020 U.S. election, the nonpartisan Peter G. Peterson Foundation and the Financial Times released 12 monthly polls that reveal voter sentiment on economic and fiscal policy options, and decisions made in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic. The infographics below portray headline results from each national survey that can help inform policymakers during and after this crisis.

Majority of Voters Support Higher Taxes for Wealthy and Corporations — and Want Next President to Pay for His Priorities

October 2020

The vast majority of respondents (94%) said it is important for the next president to pay for priorities so that they don’t increase the federal budget deficit once the pandemic is over.

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9 in 10 Voters say America Needs Additional Coronavirus Relief Aid

September 2020

Amid ongoing negotiations in Washington since the expiration of key relief programs, 89% of voters say that America needs another coronavirus economic aid package, according to the latest Financial Times-Peterson Foundation US Economic Monitor.

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Voter Views on School Reopening, Vaccine Availability and Economic Recovery

August 2020

The August Financial Times-Peterson Foundation US Economic Monitor, released on August 18, 2020, reveals voter concerns on a range of complex policy challenges surrounding the pandemic, reopening schools and vaccine availability.

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82% of Americans Want Federal Relief Extended, Most See Tougher Economic Road Ahead

July 2020

The July Financial Times-Peterson Foundation US Economic Monitor, released on July 7, 2020, reveals timely data about Americans’ deep concerns about the health and economic effects of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

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Over 1 in 5 Americans Report Being Laid Off or Furloughed Since Coronavirus

June 2020

The June Financial Times-Peterson Foundation US Economic Monitor, released on June 4, 2020, reveals how the coronavirus pandemic continues to have significant financial and economic impacts across wide swaths of American society.

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Nearly 7 in 10 Americans Say Their Incomes Have Taken a Hit from the Pandemic

May 2020

The May Financial Times-Peterson Foundation US Economic Monitor reveals that the coronavirus pandemic is financially impacting the vast majority of Americans, and there is broad-based support for federal response measures.

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