New poll shows Repubs live in alternate universe

Bruce Maples (bruceinlouisville@gmail.com)
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We’ve known for some time that there are two realities in the United States: the right-wing bubble of Fox News, inhabited by most Republicans – and, everyone else. Now a new CBS poll demonstrates those two realities with numbers; and boy howdy, are the numbers revealing.

Here’s the top-line bullets:

  • Republicans believe America is better off than four years ago.
  • Republicans believe the battle in the U.S. against COVID-19 is going well.
  • Republican believe COVID-19 deaths are being exaggerated.
  • And most shocking of all – Republicans believe 180,000 (and rising) deaths from COVID-19 are “acceptable.”

Breakouts of the data

Is America better off than four years ago?

    • Republicans – YES, 75% to 25%
    • All voters – NO, 65% to 35%

(Republicans only) Why is America better off?

    • Confidence in Donald Trump – 82%
    • The U.S. economy – 70%
    • Democrats are not in power – 70%
    • My family’s finances – 64%

Condition of national economy

    • Republicans – GOOD, 67% to 30%
    • All voters – BAD, 61% to 35%

U.S.’s dealing with coronavirus

    • Republicans – GOING WELL, 73% to 27%
    • All voters – GOING BADLY, 62% to 38%

U.S. deaths from coronavirus are …

  Republicans All voters
More than reported 18% 44%
Fewer than reported 64% 36%
About as reported 18% 20%

 

Number of U.S. deaths from coronavirus has been …

  Republicans Democrats Independents
Acceptable 57% 10% 33%
Not acceptable 43% 90% 67%

 

Recent attention to discrimination is …

  All voters Republicans Democrats
Too much 44% 81% 12%
Not enough 32% 6% 55%
About right 24% 13% 33%
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