The Supreme Court, the election and coronavirus are on Americans’ minds heading into Tuesday’s debate

The Supreme Court, the election and coronavirus are on Americans’ minds heading into Tuesday’s debate

New findings from The Breakthrough, a project from CNN, SSRS and researchers from Georgetown University and the University of Michigan

Two developments in the presidential race in the past week have grabbed Americans’ attention: the nomination of Amy Coney Barrett to sit on the Supreme Court and President Donald Trump’s refusal to commit to a peaceful transfer of power.

Alongside these two stories, coronavirus remained a frequently-mentioned topic for both Democratic nominee Joe Biden and Trump, and for Biden, news about the upcoming presidential debate began to register.

Nearly all of the top 20 words mentioned when Americans are asked what they heard, read or saw about each of the two candidates related to one of those matters.