Voters in a brand new NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist ballot are exhibiting partisan variations over how critically they’re taking the coronavirus disaster and their mistrust of messages from President Trump.
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A majority of Individuals say they lack belief in what they’ve heard from President Trump on the coronavirus. That’s the discovering of a brand new NPR/PBS Newshour/Marist ballot. It was carried out this previous Friday and Saturday and launched at the moment. As NPR’s Don Gonyea studies, there’s additionally a deep partisan divide on how critically to deal with the disaster.
DON GONYEA, BYLINE: Let’s begin with one of many voters who participated within the survey. Sixty-eight-year-old Patricia Bell lives outdoors Pittsburgh. She’s a average Republican. We requested her concerning the president.
PATRICIA BELL: I feel we form of blame the president an excessive amount of.
GONYEA: She’s been watching the information carefully as companies and states and, lastly, the federal authorities have referred to as for more and more severe responses.
BELL: However do I agree with the response? I feel it is a severe challenge. I feel, to some extent, we have overhyped it.
GONYEA: Given the partisan divide we see on challenge after challenge in American politics at the moment, it is hardly a shock deep divisions present up in polling on this. However what’s putting is the scale of that divide. A stable majority, 60-37, say they do not have belief in what they’re listening to from the president on the coronavirus. However that hole turns into huge while you break it out by occasion. Ninety-one % of Democrats say they do not belief the president’s phrases on this, whereas 74% of Republicans do.
LEE MIRINGOFF: All of it comes all the way down to credibility. Who do you consider?
GONYEA: Lee Miringoff is the top of the Marist ballot, which carried out the survey.
MIRINGOFF: The politics of the period and the polarization that exists has performed out, a minimum of up to now, when it comes to how persons are perceiving the severity of the occasion – whether or not sufficient is being finished, whether or not it is being blown out of proportion.
GONYEA: The share of people that suppose the concerns concerning the coronavirus are overblown has grown. Weeks in the past, the quantity was round 25%. On this ballot, it is grown to almost 40%. That is pushed by GOP skepticism concerning the response.
In Montana, 51-year-old Harry Kenck is a securities dealer and a political impartial who says he is a conservative. Proper now he is extra apprehensive concerning the impression on the financial system.
HARRY KENCK: Is that this a society-killer? Is it going to destroy whole nations’ governments and economies? Is that this the start of the top of the world? I do not suppose so.
GONYEA: In North Carolina, 60-year-old Anne Tendyke is a Democrat. She works as a monetary analyst. She says the seriousness of the coronavirus is just not overblown.
ANNE TENDYKE: Take a look at the numbers. Take a look at the historical past. Take a look at the info.
GONYEA: She then provides…
TENDYKE: I do not see it as a conspiracy. I do not see it as media hype. I take a look at the science. I perceive how viruses work. I perceive how they unfold. They’ll unfold when individuals haven’t got signs.
GONYEA: This ballot was taken earlier than the president’s messaging has gotten extra dire and extra in line with recommendation from medical specialists over the previous two days. Pollster Miringoff says he’ll be watching to see if that shift leads to a change in any of this skepticism he has discovered.
Don Gonyea, NPR Information, Washington.
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