The Campaign Report – April 21, 2020

A new Axios/Ipsos survey finds 72% of Americans “feel it would be risky to return to ‘normal’ life just yet, and would wait indefinitely or at least for a few more months for the threat of coronavirus infection to subside.”

“The results also suggest that the recent protests in Michigan and elsewhere against stay-at-home orders — which have drawn national press coverage — don’t reflect how the majority of Americans think about the response to the virus.”

A majority of voters — 58% — favor nationwide reform of election rules that would allow all eligible voters to cast their ballots by mail, a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll finds.

And nearly 10% more say that, while the rules should not be permanently changed, all voters should be able to mail in their ballots this November because of concerns that the coronavirus may still be a major public health threat this fall.

Joe Biden told KDKA that he would have no hesitation picking former first lady Michelle Obama to be his running mate, but added that he doubts she is interested in the position.

Said Biden: “I’d take her in a heartbeat. She’s brilliant. She knows the way around. She is a really fine woman. The Obamas are great friends.”

But he doesn’t think she is interested in the position: “I don’t think she has any desire to live near the White House again.”

First Read: “That’s the unmistakable conclusion looking inside the numbers of our latest NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll, which finds profound differences in attitudes about the coronavirus based on where you get your news – broadcast TV, MSNBC/CNN, or Fox News.”

Just look at these numbers:

“It’s one thing to see this difference on overall attitudes about the president, the 2020 race or impeachment. After all, Fox News versus the rest has been one of the driving forces in our politics for years now.”

“But it’s quite another thing to see this divide when it comes to a public health crisis with tens of thousands of American lives on the line.”

Milwaukee officials have identified seven people who appear to have contracted COVID-19 through activities related to the April 7 election, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.

“Six of the cases are in voters and one is a poll worker.”

A new Washington Post-University of Maryland poll finds most Americans — 54% — give President Trump 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% 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.

National Security Action poll designed to test President Trump’s vulnerabilities on foreign policy finds that 56% of voters in 12 battleground states believe he has made America less respected in the world, compared to 31% who say America is now more respected.

Also interesting: “Standing up to China ranked last, suggesting Trump’s recent campaign to brand Joe Biden as ‘soft’ on China may not resonate strongly.”

Stuart Rothenberg: “Democrats no longer need an ‘upset or two’ to win control of the Senate later this year. In fact, while the fight for Senate control in November is a toss-up, I’d probably put a pinkie on the scale for Democrats right now.”

“It’s not really that Democrats have widened the playing field, though they have. Those ‘extra’ races on the board for Democrats, in places like Montana and Georgia, aren’t the greatest of opportunities.”

“It’s simply that the Democrats’ initial top prospects have succeeded in proving their fundraising mettle and have taken advantage of Donald Trump’s GOP.”

“Mike Bloomberg ended his ill-fated presidential bid on March 4, but his campaign still shelled out nine figures last month anyway, taking his total spending to more than $1 billion in a losing run for the Democratic nomination,” Politico reports.

Rick Hasen: “There are signs from Wisconsin that Republican efforts to make it harder to vote in the midst of the global COVID-19 pandemic are backfiring in two ways. First, suppressive efforts are firing up Democrats to come out and vote. As the New York Times reported, Democrats voted in large numbers in a highly contested state Supreme Court race — and a less contested Democratic presidential primary.”

“Second, suppressive efforts are making it harder for some staunch Republican voters and Trump supporters, particularly in rural areas, to cast their ballots.”

The new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll finds that voters who have a negative opinion of both President Trump and Joe Biden overwhelmingly prefer Biden, 60% to 10%.

“A month after the pandemic forced him off the trail… as of last week, Biden has hired no new staff with expertise in digital politics, the campaign said, instead relying on existing aides,” Bloomberg reports.

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