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    Arlington, VA — According to the latest POLITICO/Morning Consult poll, 52% of voters say Obama would be a better leader during the coronavirus pandemic, compared to 38% who say Trump would be the stronger of the two leaders. However, more voters select Trump (44%) as a better leader during the crisis than Biden (36%). Half of voters (50%) feel the Trump administration isn’t doing enough in response to the coronavirus outbreak, compared to the 38% who feel the administration is doing the right amount. A majority of voters (54%), say President Donald Trump’s handling of the virus has been “poor” or “just fair,” compared to 40% who rate his response as “excellent” or “good." The poll was conducted April 3-5.

    Voters are increasingly worried about the coronavirus, 90% say they are "very" or "somewhat" concerned about the outbreak. 82% of respondents indicate the coronavirus has been disruptive to them and their families. As coronavirus cases continue to increase, 83% of voters support a national quarantine in which only essential travel is permitted to control the spread of the outbreak.

    An overwhelming majority of voters (83%), support the recently passed $2 trillion stimulus package including 84% of Democrats, 77% of independents and 87% of Republicans. Almost half of voters (47%), say Congress should pass another stimulus package immediately to combat the financial impact of coronavirus, while 37% say Congress should wait to see the effects of the previous stimulus package. 54% of voters disapprove of the job Trump is doing overall as president, while 44% approve of Trump’s job performance.

    More details on the poll and its methodology can be found in these two documents:

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    Arlington, VA — According to the latest POLITICO/Morning Consult poll, 47% of voters feel the Trump administration isn’t doing enough in response to the coronavirus outbreak, compared to the 40% who feel the administration is doing the right amount. A majority of voters (51%), say President Donald Trump’s handling of the virus has been “poor” or “just fair,” compared to 43% who rate his response as “excellent” or “good." The poll was conducted March 27-29, before President Trump announced a 30-day extension of his physical and social distancing guidelines “to slow the spread” of Covid-19.

    Voters are increasingly worried about the coronavirus, 60% say they are "very" concerned about the outbreak which is an increase of 7% from last week's poll. An overwhelming majority of voters (81%), indicate the coronavirus has been disruptive to them and their families. Respondents were split about whether it would be a good idea (38%) or a bad idea (37%) to end social distancing in the next two months. 46% think it’s a good idea for it to end in the next three months, and 54% say it’s a good idea for it to end in the next six months.

    62% of voters say their governor's handling of the coronavirus has been “excellent” or “good." Nearly half of voters (47%), believe their state's governor is "very" or "somewhat" prepared to handle the outbreak. Trump’s overall approval rating is unchanged from last week: 45% of voters approve of the job he is doing as president, and 52% disapprove.

    More details on the poll and its methodology can be found in these two documents:

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    Arlington, VA — According to the latest POLITICO/Morning Consult poll, 52% of voters say Trump’s handling of the virus has been “poor” or “just fair,” compared to 42% who rate Trump's response as “excellent” or “good." 45% of respondents say the Trump administration is not doing enough in response to the outbreak, compared to roughly 4 in 10 voters (41%) who say the administration is doing the right amount. The poll was conducted March 20-22, as the Senate wrangled over a stimulus package intended to support the economy.

    "As the coronavirus pandemic continues, voters are almost evenly split on whether the Trump administration is doing the right amount or not enough in response," said Tyler Sinclair, vice president for Morning Consult.

    Nearly half of voters (53%), say they are "very" concerned about the coronavirus outbreak including 64% of Democrats, 47% of independents and 46% of Republicans. An overwhelming majority of voters (78%), indicate the coronavirus has been disruptive to them and their families which is a 24% increase from last week's poll. Nearly 3 in 4 voters would either strongly or somewhat support a national quarantine to control the spread of coronavirus, permitting only essential travel such as trips to grocery stores and pharmacies.

    Trump’s overall approval rating has seen little change and sits at 45%, while 52% of voters disapprove of his job performance.

    More details on the poll and its methodology can be found in these two documents:

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    Arlington, VA — According to the latest POLITICO/Morning Consult poll, 84% of voters support President Donald Trump’s decision to proclaim a national emergency over the coronavirus outbreak, while 7% oppose it. A majority of voters (51%), say Trump’s handling of the crisis has been “poor” or “only fair,” compared to 41% who rate Trump's response as “excellent” or “good." 43% of voters say the Trump administration isn’t doing enough in response to the outbreak, compared to 39% who say it is doing the right amount. Majorities of Democrats (75%), independents (57%) and Republicans (57%) say the government, rather than private companies, should be primarily responsible for handling the response to the coronavirus. The poll was conducted March 13-16.

    "After President Trump declared a national emergency concerning the coronavirus this past week, it's no surprise the pandemic is top of mind for Americans," said Tyler Sinclair, vice president for Morning Consult. "This includes casting their ballots this November, as more than a third of voters say the impact of the virus will impact their vote for president."

    When it comes to the 2020 presidential election, 41% of voters say states with upcoming primaries and caucuses should postpone them compared to 24% who say they should hold them as scheduled. 48% say Trump, former Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. Bernie Sanders should cancel their upcoming campaign events.

    When asked who would be a better leader during a crisis, 42% of voters chose former Vice President Joe Biden, compared to 39% of respondents who said President Trump. Trump’s overall approval rating has seen little change and sits at 43%, while 54% of voters disapprove of his job performance.

    More details on the poll and its methodology can be found in these two documents:

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  5. What Works

    The great paradox of the urban renaissance, that has occurred over the past generation, is that it has saved cities while also making them unlivable for many longtime residents who haven’t been able to keep pace with the rocketing cost of living. The latest issue of What Works, presented by JP Morgan Chase &Co., takes a look at the cities finding innovative ways to fix income inequality.

    IN THIS ISSUE:

    How Boston Is Becoming the City Where Workers Rule: Boston launched a co-op initiative in late 2017 through its Economic Mobility Lab. The goal is to help workers build wealth. That’s important as a response to gentrification in Boston, which often ranks as the nation’s third- or fourth-most expensive city for housing and has a huge wealth gap between black and white residents. Co-ops are getting new attention from political leaders in booming cities like Boston, who are looking for new ways to counter growing income inequality and help more residents share the prosperity brought on by a resurgence of urban living.

    How Cities’ Big Nonprofits Are Tackling Income Inequality: By some measures, Chicago has one of the country’s largest and most diversified economies with 4 million workers, but the city has struggled to uplift historically segregated and economically depressed communities on its West and South sides. Anchor institutions, those that are community cornerstones throughout economic changes, offer enough buying and hiring power to attempt to shift this pattern. And specifically, nonprofit universities and hospitals can nimbly move to local resources because of their complete control of funds.

    Detroit’s Plan to Make Sure Redevelopment Boosts the Whole City: As new development springs up in long-neglected Detroit, a first-in-the-nation law represents one way the city government is trying to ensure new prosperity is shared with longtime residents. It requires developers of private projects over $75 million that get $1 million in tax abatements or city-owned land to meet with a committee of residents who live near the project, then negotiate with the city government to provide some of the benefits the neighbors request. The benefits can be anything from job training to affordable housing to better parks.

    READ THE LATEST WHAT WORKS ISSUE HERE.

  6. Women Rule

    NEW Women Rule Podcast: Birchbox CEO Katia Beauchamp

    ARLINGTON, VA - In the latest episode of the Women Rule podcast, Women Rule Editorial Director Anna Palmer speaks with Birchbox CEO Katia Beauchamp about starting her business from the ground up and the career challenges she had to overcome to get to this point.

    Beauchamp recounts some of the hardships Birchbox has endured over the last decade and the evolution of the company in a changing marketplace. Palmer explores how Beauchamp maintains a supportive work environment and a reciprocal relationship with her employees in order to foster a creative and inspiring workplace.

    Some highlights:
    On the mindset for success: "I source my value externally in my worst moments, but I know that that’s a fallacy. I know it’s a fallacy when I catch myself needing someone else’s validation and needing someone else to tell me what I’m capable of. I’m human. Of course, I go there. Of course, I worry about what all of you think about me and what the press will write about me. But at the end of the day, it doesn’t serve me to exist to project something that you take. It serves me to feel like I’m living my life in a way that I respect and pursuing hard things and staying in the game and the kind of leader I would like to work for, that I would like my kids to work for, that I’m the kind of person that I would want to be friends with and that I would want my kids to be friends with. Those are the things that I really try to come back to and focus on."

    On facing challenges: "When you are present and not thinking of the inevitability of the future or your fear of the future, you have so much to work with. When you’re there fully to think about a challenge you’re facing, you’d be shocked how many ideas you have and about how many places you go to like, ways that you can navigate something. But when you’re constantly afraid of the future, or reliving something terrible from the past, you’re not totally present to even think about it. Of course you feel frazzled. Of course you feel like it won’t be okay. You don’t have all of you to face it."

    On the culture of Birchbox: "I think the most important thing that I care about for my team and for the world is that when we spend our days at work, we have high expectations for that. Right? That we believe we deserve to spend our days surrounded by things that inspire us, surrounded by humans who care about our development, that there is a reciprocity that the company would think that they can be demanding of you and you can be demanding of it. That’s what I think about trying to create Birchbox for the teams and for the people who work there, so that it doesn’t feel like you’re so depleted because it’s such a one-sided agreement that you need to escape it... Rather, the idea that you’re only working right now during the hours when you’re in the office is done. I need people to be inspired on their weekends when they have amazing customer experiences that are discretionary and bring those ideas to work."

    Listen to the podcast here.

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    Arlington, VA — According to the latest POLITICO/Morning Consult poll, half of Democratic voters think the eventual nominee should be required to win a majority of delegates. Just over a quarter of Democratic voters (27%), believe that a candidate should not necessarily need to clear the 1,991-delegate threshold to secure the nomination. The poll was conducted February 28 to March 1.

    “Democrats lack a clear understanding of the superdelegate process in the primary race, but at the same time believe the unpledged delegates have too much control over who wins the nomination,” said Tyler Sinclair, Morning Consult’s vice president. “Only a third of Democrats say they understand the role of superdelegates well. Among the same group, roughly four in 10 say superdelegates have too much power in selecting a nominee.”

    77% of Democrats are concerned about foreign interference in the 2020 race, compared to 57% of independents and 42% of Republicans. Additionally, 73% of Democratic voters, 62% of independents, and 56% of Republicans are concerned about interference with electronic voting machines.

    When asked to describe their ideal presidential candidate, 34% of voters selected a moderate. According to participants, former Vice President Joe Biden is the closest to that ideal. Meanwhile, 53% of voters identify Sen. Bernie Sanders as very liberal and 40% of voters describe President Trump as very conservative. Trump’s overall approval rating sits at 44%, while 53% of voters disapprove of his job performance.

    More details on the poll and its methodology can be found in these two documents:

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    NEW Women Rule Podcast: Harris Faulkner, Fox News Host

    ARLINGTON, VA - In the latest episode of the Women Rule podcast, Women Rule Editorial Director Anna Palmer speaks with Fox News' Harris Faulkner about her long career in journalism and what it’s like as the only woman of color to anchor a weekday news show on any major cable network.

    In their conversation, Faulkner opens up about her thoughts on the #MeToo movement at Fox News and how her upbringing in a military family has played a part in her frustrations with the era of fake news.

    Some highlights:
    On being the only women of color to host her own weekday cable TV show: "Well, at the time, it felt big because I was the first in primetime, and I had done that for six years with Fox Report on the weekends at 7:00 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday nights. And so to segue to weekdays and to have a single presence in that seat felt particularly significant to me as a journalist. But personally, it was important because my girls were going to get to see mom, and they were going to get to see her do something that was maybe not 'record-breaking' — because I’m not the first — but 'groundbreaking.' And certainly, that has lasted, as no other news network on cable has met us where we are with that: a female in a solo chair as an African American woman. So it’s been a big deal to me and then for the wider industry, it’s a wake-up call and a reminder of what people need to do if they want to keep up with Fox."

    On her reaction to the #MeToo movement at Fox News: "The news broke with Roger Ailes first. By the time the news broke with Bill O’Reilly, it had progressed to the point where women in the building were talking about it daily. I mean, it was the topic. And the topic was people are focused in on us at Fox News. Is this really the only place it’s ever happened? Are we broken? Did women stay silent for so long that, in some way, it’s our fault? We had difficult conversations as a team of women, and we would have them in the bathroom. We would have them in our office. We would have them in the hallway. And then things started to come apart in other places."

    On her perspective of #MeToo and the future: "I do struggle with how do we take this into the next generation of protecting our daughters and our female co-workers who are young and coming up, and those next conversations about #MeToo; talking about believing one another, and investigating, and making sure that the facts come out, and holding people accountable, and firing people who deserve it, and can we go deeper than that...As we do all of that, can we simultaneously make sure that women don’t become a secondary target again."

    Listen to the podcast here.

  9. The Agenda

    POLITICO's The Agenda: The 5G Future

    The spread of 5G is expected to reshape the landscape of business, entertainment and even civic life dramatically, washing us in an intensity and immediacy of data that will make old cell phones look like a dialup connection. The White House, telecoms companies, foreign governments, even the Pentagon are all pushing and pulling for influence. With the battle over standards and competition heating up, and American 5G networks taking their first tottering steps forward, the latest installment of POLITICO's The Agenda series offers a deep look at the policy and technical battles shaping this generation of communications.

    Special for this issue, we’ve commissioned an international survey of consumers and IT specialists, the POLITICO/Qualcomm Global 5G Survey, to figure out where people in different countries stand on some of the hot-button issues their leaders will need to navigate. Are consumers willing to accept tradeoffs in return for super-fast speeds? Who do they trust to build out 5G? Is the new network expected to improve the rural-urban divide, or worsen it? The poll found that more than half the surveyed population, averaged globally, expressed concerns that 5G could make more personal data vulnerable to hacking. The data also suggested a global rift over how much consumers trust corporations to safeguard their personal data.

    MORE IN THIS ISSUE:

    Washington’s 5G policy has become chaotic. Here’s why. Both citizens and businesses expect their governments to help lay the 5G groundwork with rules and infrastructure. We sent a reporter to look at where the U.S. government stands, and he found it was largely AWOL on 5G, with a crucial agency headless, and a promised wireless strategy trapped somewhere in the bureaucracy. By John Hendel.

    So you want to use 5G? Actually, you can, if you live in Washington or a handful of America’s big cities. But where? And what’s it like right now? We sent a tech reporter out to deliver a reality check on just how far away 5G still is, and how close. By Steven Overly.

    POLITICO exclusive: First Q&A with Trump’s 5G New Czar: The White House now has a 5G czar – but if you’ve heard of Robert Blair at all, it’s likely because he got entangled in the House impeachment inquiry over something else entirely. Can he help corral the administration’s warring factions and push American interests overseas? John Hendel and Michael B. Farrell sat down with him for his first on-the-record media interview.

    How did U.S. telecom companies fall behind? If you’re curious about how American telecom companies fell behind international competitors—and how they can get their mojo back—you’ll want to read analyst Elsa Kania’s look at how Washington’s telecom policy (and a perfect storm of business problems) helped weaken our own competitive position, and what might fix it.

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    Arlington, VA — According to the latest POLITICO/Morning Consult poll, 16% of voters selected Sen. Bernie Sanders as the most electable candidate running to be the Democratic presidential nominee. Former New York Mayor Mike Bloomberg came in second when it came to electability (13%), followed by former Vice President Joe Biden (12%) and former South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg (10%). Six in ten voters (61%), view Bernie Sanders as a democratic socialist. Nearly half of voters (48%), say they would be less likely to vote for him because of that label. Among Democratic primary voters, 36% say they are more likely to vote for Sanders because he is a democratic socialist compared to 23% who say they are less likely to vote for him. The poll was conducted February 15-17.

    Bloomberg "may be ascending in the polls, but he's trailing when it comes to the electability argument," said Tyler Sinclair, Morning Consult's Vice President. "Notably, 24 percent of Democratic primary voters selected Bernie Sanders as the most electable Democratic presidential candidate, compared with 18 percent who said Joe Biden and 16 percent who said Michael Bloomberg."

    Nearly four in ten voters (39%), say Bloomberg is the better businessman among the presidential candidates, compared to 35% who favor President Trump and 7% who choose Tom Steyer. Democrats (55%) and independents (37%) were more likely to deem Bloomberg, while a majority of Republicans (67%) say Trump.

    More than half of voters (51%), say there is more corruption in Washington since President Donald Trump took office. 41% of voters oppose the Department of Justice's decision to reduce Roger Stone’s recommended sentence, with the strongest opposition among Democrats (63%) and independents (40%). Comparatively, nearly half of Republicans (47%) support this decision. 66% of Democrats and 39% of independents oppose President Trump’s decision to fire Gordon Sondland, former U.S. Ambassador to the European Union, and Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman. In contrast, roughly six in ten (59%) Republicans support this move. Trump’s overall approval rating sits at 42%, while 54% of voters disapprove of his job performance.

    More details on the poll and its methodology can be found in these two documents:

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  11. Women Rule

    ARLINGTON, VA - In the latest episode of the Women Rule podcast, Women Rule Editorial Director Anna Palmer chats with Amy Kennedy, Democratic congressional candidate running against Rep. Van Drew, about what it will take to oust Trump’s favorite Democrat-turned-Republican and why she decided to become involved in politics after her career as a school teacher.

    Palmer explores how Kennedy navigates the attention and attacks from being a part of an American political dynasty. Kennedy discusses the projects she would tackle first on day one if she were to be elected and the causes she feels most passionate about.

    Some highlights:
    On the reason she decided to get involved in politics: "When we watched on TV—not just Jeff Van Drew’s impeachment vote, but his pledge of undying support to the president—the handshaking, the Oval Office. It was gut-churning, you know? And it felt like—as a schoolteacher, we have in the classroom teachable moments. They are these unplanned moments, opportunities that are a period of reflection and you can either seize that or it passes by if you don’t. And it really felt like this was the time for that. I have five young children. I would love to wait to do something like this and hope that they could be grown, but it felt like if now wasn’t the time, when would be?"

    On the potential for personal attacks from President Trump: "I expect. No, I expect it. I have no illusion about how dirty this could get. And I know that we, as a family, are subject to goodwill, that we are so appreciative for, and also attacks that may be unwarranted and that’s just part of this and I’m ready...I have a very close family, so my parents live right nearby, my brothers. And growing up in the same place that I currently live, I’ve got the people that know me. And I feel like when you have that, other strangers’ attacks really are less meaningful because I’ve got such a strong network that really know me and that’s whose opinions matter to me."

    On her famous family: "Listen, the Kennedy family is great. I really can’t say anything more than I am so blessed to have them as relatives and family now, and have married into a family that really cares. I’ve been absolutely influenced by their passion in so many areas, whether it’s Maria doing Alzheimer’s work, or my brother-in-law with ADA, Special Olympics. We’ve been able to be witness to so many areas where they’ve made positive change and yet, also be together in the summer and have fun and go sailing and play games in the yard with the kids and I will take whatever else comes with that because it’s really been a blessing."

    Listen to the podcast here.

  12. PJI

    POLITICO Announces Seventh Annual Journalism Institute Class

    In partnership with American University and the Maynard Institute for Journalism Education

    Arlington, VA – POLITICO is pleased to announce its 2020 class of the POLITICO Journalism Institute (PJI), an educational initiative dedicated to diversifying Washington-area newsrooms.

    Now in its seventh year, PJI will offer 14 university students and recent graduates intensive, hands-on training in reporting focused on politics and policy. The program, a partnership with American University and The Robert C. Maynard Institute for Journalism Education, reflects POLITICO's commitment to developing the next generation of journalists and diversifying the talent pipeline in Washington. After attending PJI, many students go on to land an editorial role at POLITICO and in other newsrooms.

    "We are thrilled to welcome these top-notch students to our 2020 PJI class," said POLITICO Editor Carrie Budoff Brown. “Entering its seventh year, this program continues to serve as a reflection of POLITICO’s commitment and dedication to diversifying the next generation of journalists. We are incredibly proud to be mentoring this group of exceptional young talent.”

    "The School of Communication is so proud of this incredible group of POLITICO Journalism Institute students," said Laura DeNardis, Interim Dean of the School of Communication at American University. “These young people will become the leaders of the future examining the great societal issues of our time with exceptional political news coverage."

    Evelyn Hsu, Co-Executive Director of the Maynard Institute, said, “This program has launched the careers of many young journalists who bring their diverse life experiences to coverage of government and politics. We are proud that our partnership with POLITICO and American University will enhance the future of a strong, free press.”

    The POLITICO Journalism Institute 2020 Participants:

    • Rebekah Alvey, Western Kentucky University
    • James Bikales, Harvard University
    • Kenneth Cooper, Temple University
    • Madison Fernandez, Ithaca College
    • Louis Gasper, Evergreen State College
    • Sarah Guevara, University of Oklahoma
    • Tiana Headley, Vassar College
    • Marissa Martinez, Northwestern University
    • Virgil Parker, Howard University
    • Tori Powell, American University
    • Margo Snipe, Georgetown University
    • Brianna Taylor, Morgan State University
    • Ta'Corian Tilley, University of North Texas
    • Rose Wong, Duke University

    The POLITICO Journalism Institute, to be held May 26 to June 5, is in partnership with the Maynard Institute for Journalism Education and American University. Programming includes interactive sessions, panels with industry leaders, mentoring and an opportunity for students to have their work published by POLITICO.

    All costs for PJI participants, including room, board and transportation, are provided by POLITICO. Students split time between American University in Washington, D.C., and the POLITICO headquarters in Arlington, Va.

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