May 18 — Some Americans report improving mental health as fears about returning to “normal” pre-COVID life recede. Meanwhile, Americans are feeling more secure about their purchasing power.

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Mental health improves as fears about COVID recede

Mental health shows signs of improving for some as Americans grow less fearful about returning to their pre-COVID…

April 27, 2021 — From the gloom of a COVID winter to a new reemergence and optimism, the contrast between January and April 2021 could not be starker.

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Biden’s first 100 days

As President Joe Biden approaches the end of his first 100 days in office, the nation is at an inflection point…

April 20, 2021- Americans are making plans to travel and socialize in summer 2021; but have mixed views on vaccine passports and needing to know employees’ vaccination status before patronizing businesses.

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Young people driving changing perspectives on cannabis

While many Americans aren’t completely convinced about the upside of legalizing cannabis, few also believe in the harmful effects critiques of cannabis tout either, Ipsos polling finds.

April 7, 2021 — As America begins to emerge from the pandemic, Americans work to figure out their own ‘new normal.’

Stories this week:

  • All are not equally catching the economic boom
  • How Americans plan to spend their stimulus check
  • Americans are going out, vaccinated or not
  • Americans are getting reacquainted with themselves

All are not equally catching the economic boom

People at the top of the income distribution continue to express the greatest economic confidence, but people at the bottom have started finally making gains as well.

At the start of the pandemic, all Americans — rich and poor alike — experienced a major decline in their…

Parents are rounding the bend on a year that brought unique obstacles for them. From financial problems to childcare to schooling, being a parent in 2020 was difficult.

Heading into the new year, parents are feeling more optimistic about how 2021 will treat them. They are more likely than people who don’t have kids to believe that next year will be better for their physical health, personal finances, home, and mental health.

That might be in part be because, in a lot of ways, many families feel that they have already hit the bottom. …

This year, people had to rethink core parts of living — grocery shopping, seeing friends and family, how or where to work — to accommodate a virus and all the amorphous risks that go with it. But when people turned to government agencies and political leaders for answers, the response was confusing and often layered with partisan politics.

For starters, nearly all Americans believe that their federal and state government has a role to play in responding to the pandemic. But as the pandemic lingered, Americans’ faith in the government slowly sank. Starting barely above water in the early days…

As the country rounds the bend on the ninth month of living with COVID-19, the pandemic economy is deepening the existing inequities in the labor market, particularly for women and, more acutely, women of color.

There are two reasons for the uneven impact the COVID economy has had on women: the first is that the pandemic has impacted sectors that skew more female in their workforce, like the retail, restaurant, and hospitality industries; and the second is that women often have to take on more childcare responsibilities in remote learning situations.

The latest figures from the Bureau of Labor Statistics

For House Democrats, the 2021 congressional map may seem disappointing. Congressional Democrats will start the next term with one of the slimmest majorities in decades after losing some close races.

Not since 1893 have the Democrats presided over such a razor-thin majority in the House. Over the past decade, Democrats held a majority in the House only two times.

So, why is it so hard for Democrats to win? Well, one sign points to how our congressional maps are drawn. Some argue that gerrymandering provides structural advantages for Republicans.

Importantly, Republicans convincingly won state houses this cycle too, ensuring that…

While the second and final presidential debate was calmer than the first one, with just over a week left in the election, that change in tone came too little too late for the president. Millions of Americans have already voted; fewer undecided voters are waiting to figure out who to swing for at this stage in the game. This presidential race is different than 2016.

Unlike in the first debate or the vice presidential debate, there were far fewer disruptions and no moment that stole the limelight. In short, the event was easy to ignore. Ipsos’ Twitter Tracker, which collects…

Sarah Feldman

Data journalist @ipsos writing about American public opinion.

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