More than 176,000 people in the U.S. have died from COVID-19. According to the poll, a 57% majority of registered Republican voters consider that number “acceptable” when “evaluating the U.S. efforts against the coronavirus pandemic,” compared with 31% of voters overall. Ninety percent of Democrats and 67% of independents said the death toll was “unacceptable.”
Republicans were also more likely to believe the official death toll is inflated – though public health officials like Dr. Anthony Fauci have said the actual number of deaths from the virus is likely higher. Forty percent of registered Republicans believe the number of deaths is lower than reported, while 18% said it was probably about right and another 18% said the actual number of deaths was likely higher than reported. Overall, 44% of voters said the number of deaths was actually higher, 36% said it was lower and 20% said the reported number is likely correct.
When asked their opinion of how President Donald Trump has managed the response to the pandemic, 42% of overall voters said Trump has done a good job. Among Republicans, the number saying the president has done a good job jumped to 86%, while 92% of Democrats said he has performed badly. Forty-four percent of independents said the president has done a good job with the outbreak and 56% said he hasn’t.
When asked about the survey Sunday on CBS News’ “Face the Nation,” and why there was such a discrepancy between how Republicans other voters view the pandemic, Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel said it was “a really unfair poll.”
“Republicans do not want to see people suffering from this pandemic. We have all been affected by this. This is not a Republican or Democrat issue,” McDaniel said.
White House adviser Jared Kushner said Sunday on CNN that “because of the pandemic, a lot of the country has been distracted.” He said the Democratic and Republican conventions are the “real kickoff” of the campaign and that Trump will win over voters as he presents “real solutions for how he brings our country back and makes it stronger than ever before.”
So, we feel really good about where we are,” Kushner said. “Again, the media misjudged the president’s chance of winning last time. A lot of the public polling misjudged the president’s chances last time. We feel like we’re in a substantially better position now than we were four years ago.”
There is more at the link above. Why is there so much disinformation out there? Why do the cult of tRump deny the medical science and the data. They are living in a bubble of falsehoods and make believe, and wont let the country heal. I am sick of it. Part of the problem is the wealthy Republicans encourage the public being uninformed as they are easier to control and get to over look the grafting. How can the cult say they are pro-life and still be OK with all this death from Covid 19? Hugs