On America’s 245th birthday, the country is split on how great the United States really is. And while the country has turned the corner on the COVID crisis, the Delta variant and vaccine hesitancy threatens the full recovery.

Stories this week:

Just two in five Americans see the country as great

Americans are mixed on how great the country really is. Just two in five give America at least an eight out of ten on a ten-point scale, with 10 representing the “greatest.” Partisans see things differently, however. …

Ahead of Juneteenth, Americans express complex and often opposing views about race and equality.

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Pride and Father’s Day polling:

Just one in five believe that the criminal justice system treats all people equally

A majority of Americans do not believe that the criminal justice system treats all people equally.

Nearly eight in ten Black Americans and white Democrats disagree that the courts and lawyers treat all equally. At the other end of the spectrum…

This summer is set to be a busy one as more Americans begin to make plans to travel and enjoy the great outdoors.

Many say that it’s important to live in the moment as the reopening progresses, and a majority agree that they value friends, family and leisure time more now.

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Americans’ travel plans pick up

As the reopening speeds up, Americans are making plans to get out more in the next six months, according to the Axios-Ipsos Coronavirus Index. …

Americans are venturing out little by little and growing more confident, but barriers to fully vaccinating the nation remain.

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Parents are more hesitant about COVID-19 vaccine

About one in four parents are not at all likely to get the COVID-19 vaccine, eight points ahead of their childless counterparts, Axios/Ipsos tracking finds.

Across almost every demographic, parents are more skeptical of the vaccine than those without kids. Americans living in rural communities are among the most reluctant, with just…

Ahead of Mother’s Day, it’s clear the toll the pandemic has had on families, particularly mothers. That’s making all eager (but cautious) to leave the home this summer.

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After a hard year, mothers are feeling more hopeful

Over the past year, two in three moms report feeling overwhelmed and stressed out, while just under half of the fathers in the Axios/Ipsos Coronavirus Index feel the same.

Despite the trials of the last year, things are looking up.

Confidence in the future of the economy soars to the highest point in 19 years, but is the nation approaching a “vaccine wall?”

Americans are confident that a return to full economic strength is just around the corner, but the signals suggest that progress on vaccinations may begin to get bumpier.

Data highlights of the past week:

Expectations have never been higher

Americans are optimistic that tomorrow will be better than today, with measures of future outlook around personal finances, the economy and employment rising to the highest point in 19 years in the most recent wave of the Ipsos-Forbes Advisor Consumer Tracker.

Consumer confidence overall also rose a beat last week, surpassing levels last seen just before the March 2020 lockdowns. Despite these optimistic indicators, high Expectations suggest that Americans believe that there…

Does the pace of vaccination indicate the U.S. will be back to normal soon?

The US has passed a new milestone in its fight against the coronavirus pandemic — more people have received the first dose of the vaccine (27 million and counting) than the total number of test-positive coronavirus cases (26 million and counting). The goal is herd immunity or the level of vaccination that shuts down the coronavirus’s ability to circulate in the population.

To achieve herd immunity, experts say that anywhere from 70% to 90% of the population must be vaccinated, equal to at least 230 million Americans. However, at just 32.7 million vaccines distributed in total, and just 6.4 …

Can President Biden’s calls for unity help bridge the partisan divide and sway Americans who have not accepted Trump’s loss?

Upon taking office, President Joe Biden faces a nation divided. His approval ratings, the consequence of a 70-point partisan divide, serve as a reminder that the polarization of the Trump era is poised to spill over into the next.

However, this partisan disagreement has not completely chipped away at Biden’s early honeymoon period. His post-inauguration approval ratings sit at 55% according to Reuters/Ipsos polling, putting him approximately on par with how Americans viewed former Presidents George W. Bush and Bill Clinton when they too were just starting out.

President Donald Trump, by contrast, was met with a skeptical public from…

America’s alternate versions of reality run far deeper than beliefs around election legitimacy.

An event like the storming of the U.S. Capitol does not occur in a vacuum. The underlying forces and belief systems that culminated in a mob descending on the halls of Congress have been building for some time.

The fault lines in the nation’s understanding of what is fact and what is fiction have long been apparent. The 2020 election, which both parties saw as a “battle for the soul of the nation,” further exacerbated these rifts.

While a substantial number of Americans rejected the reality of President-elect Joe Biden’s win soon after the election was called in his favor…

Many still believe that the coronavirus was developed in a laboratory in China.

A schism in Americans’ understanding of the threat that the coronavirus pandemic represents appeared early on in the crisis and has lingered throughout the year. This divide is deeply engrained across partisan lines, with Democrats consistently indicating the highest levels of concern about the pandemic.

By contrast, less than half of Republicans say they are “extremely or very” concerned about the virus. There was a brief period in early April when around 57% of Republicans indicated more elevated levels of concern about the pandemic, but these numbers soon leveled off through the spring and on into the fall.

As these…

Catherine Morris

Data journalist @Ipsos covering trends in public opinion around society, COVID and politics.

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