Primary Outcomes (end points)
We have 15 outcomes. Eight are measures of policy preferences, defined as support or no support for various COVID restrictions. We have four measures of planned consumer behavior within the next 30 days, and 3 measures of other beliefs about the safety of being in public, the extent to which the virus is locally under control, and plans for the vaccine. We use the most salient and alarming news segment as our reference group. Salience was determined by text search of online news websites. Thus, causal effects are calculated with respect to groups that saw widely shared negative messages.