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Americans give Democrats significantly higher marks for pandemic management than Republicans
By Donna
September 7, 2022 1:23 am
Category: Health

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From the "The Morning" by David Leonhardt, New York Times:

The partisan divide in Covid attitudes has been so large that you might think Americans would be split roughly down the middle about which of the two political parties had handled the pandemic better.

But that’s not the case. Americans give the Democrats significantly higher marks, according to The Times’s latest Covid poll, which was conducted by Morning Consult:

Which party has handled COVID better overall?

Democrats: 45%
Republicans: 32%
Don't know or no opinion: 23%

This finding runs through multiple questions in the poll. When pollsters gave respondents a list of adjectives and asked which ones applied to each party, more adults described the Democratic approach as protective, decisive, practical and trustworthy. More respondents said that the words irresponsible and neglectful applied to the Republican Party.

On most of these questions, the gap tended to hover around 10 percentage points — a sign that most Americans still do prefer their own political party’s approach to Covid. Yet the Democrats’ advantage is striking among a couple of groups. Self-identified moderates give the Democratic Party much better marks, as do people ages 65 and above, even though older Americans lean Republican.

By Age Group:

18-34
Democrats 48%
Republicans 28%
Don't know or no opinion: 24%

35-44
Democrats 40%
Republicans 32%
Don't know or no opinion: 28%

45-64
Democrats 41%
Republicans 36%
Don't know or no opinion: 23%

65 and older
Democrats 53%
Republicans 33%
Don't know or no opinion: 14%

By Ideology:

Liberal

Democrats: 82%
Republicans: 10%
Don't know or no opinion: 8%

Moderate
Democrats: 49%
Republicans: 21%
Don't know or no opinion: 30%

Conservative
Democrats: 12%
Republicans: 69%
Don't know or no opinion: 19%

I think these views are grounded in reality. Regular readers know that I’ve been tough on some parents of the liberal approach to Covid. Many liberal communities kept schools closed for months on end, which harmed children, and some progressives have downplayed the mental-health damage from pandemic disruption and isolation.

But the Republican Party’s overall approach has departed from scientific reality much more. During the pandemic’s early weeks, President Donald Trump, in one of his many false statements about Covid, predicted, “I think the numbers are going to get progressively better as we go along.”

Since then, Republican political leaders and media figures have spoken so negatively about the vaccines that about 30 percent of Republican adults still have not received a shot. The vaccine gap, tragically, has resulted in a much higher Covid death rate in conservative parts of the country.

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Comments on "Americans give Democrats significantly higher marks for pandemic management than Republicans":

  1. by HatetheSwamp on September 7, 2022 3:37 am

    So, you're suggesting that a NEW YORK TIMES poll puts the Dems in a positive light? Now, that is real news.

    That's almost as amazing as a Project Veritas poll reflecting well on the GOPs.

    You're quite the news breaker, there, Donna!

    pb thinks that neither party did well but that we did learn that the Dems think nothing about ripping away liberties guaranteed to our citizens by the Bill of Rights.


  2. by Donna on September 7, 2022 9:15 am

    And on queue, you counter with a conspiracy theory. I don't think you know how stupid you sound.


  3. by HatetheSwamp on September 7, 2022 10:09 am

    No, Donna, merely a progressive SwampMedia bias comment.

    You are, after all, a high disinformation voter.


  4. by Donna on September 8, 2022 11:08 am

    It's useless trying to hold a rational conversation with you.


  5. by HatetheSwamp on September 8, 2022 11:16 am

    Donna,

    I hope you're not living in denial that the MSM is liberally biased...

    ...because, if you are, that is irrational.


  6. by Donna on September 9, 2022 2:33 pm
    So if a poll doesn't come out the way you want, then the poll must be rigged.

    That's just like saying if the election results don't come out to your liking, then the election must have been rigged.

    I know people on the far left with the same mindset. It comes from the refusal to accept that ones ideology isn't aligned with most Americans'.



  7. by oldedude on September 9, 2022 8:25 pm
    Donna - thanks for the update. Obviously, we can argue about this. I believe the COVID was completely mismanaged. We can argue about that or we can work on how to fix it. Y'all choose.


  8. by oldedude on September 9, 2022 8:26 pm
    Question is.
    . What do the stats say.


  9. by Curt_Anderson on September 9, 2022 9:02 pm
    "Question is.
    . What do the stats say." --OD

    What sort of stats did you have in mind? These maybe?

    npr.org


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