Whopping 57% of Republicans say 176k Covid-19 deaths in US is 'acceptable' as opposed to 10% Democrats: Poll
The coronavirus pandemic has left a severe impact on America -- in terms of health, economy, politics and even psyche. People are seeing the severity of the outbreak and how effective the Donald Trump administration has responded to it through a deeply polarizing lens, a new poll has found.
More than 5.7 million have been affected in the US by the virus while more than 176,000 lives have been lost. According to the CBS News/YouGov poll results that were released on Sunday, August 23, 57 percent of registered Republican voters consider the number of fatalities “acceptable” when “evaluating the US efforts against the coronavirus pandemic”. The overall number of people who consider the same is 31 percent while 69 percent thought it was not acceptable. An overwhelming 90 percent of the Democrats feel such a death toll -- the highest in the world -- is “unacceptable”.
Only 27 percent women and only 14 percent of Blacks, one of the worst-hit communities in the outbreak, felt that the death toll was acceptable.
Republicans are also of the opinion that the actual number of deaths is less than what is being projected. Even though medical experts like Dr Anthony Fauci -- a member of Trump’s coronavirus task force -- have said the actual number of deaths caused by the virus is more, 40 percent of the registered GOP members are convinced that the number of deaths is lower than reported. Eighteen percent said it was probably about true and another same number of people said the actual number of deaths was higher than reported. Overall, 44 percent of the voters said the number of deaths was actually more, 36 percent said it was lower while 20 percent said the number is likely to be true.
86% Republicans back Trump's anti-pandemic efforts
When asked about the role of Trump in responding to the pandemic, 42 percent of the overall voters said the former did a good job. Among the Republicans, 86 percent feel the president did a good job overall while 92 percent of the Democrats felt otherwise. In case of the Independents, 44 percent felt Trump did a good job while 56 percent felt he didn’t.
The Republicans were less kind to the poll results, however. The party’s national committee chairperson Ronna McDaniel called it “a really unfair poll” when asked on CBS News’s “Face the Nation” program on Sunday, August 23 about why there existed such a difference between how the Republicans and voters saw the pandemic.
“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,” she said. It was certainly not something the Republicans would like to see ahead of their national convention scheduled this week and less than three months before the elections. The Republicans are in the middle of their planning to meet fire with fire after the Democrats held their one last week.
The poll was conducted between August 20 and 22 from among 2,226 registered voters with a margin of error of plus/minus 2.4 percentage points.