Deep partisan divide over coronavirus threat: survey

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How concerned are you about the Corona Virus outbreak?

The answer may depend on whether one is a Democrat or a Republican, a new national survey suggests.

A NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll released noted Sunday that just over half of Americans are worried about to catch a member of the family can the virus that causes COVID-19, and that the six in 10 say that the worst is yet to come in relation to the pandemic.


But the survey, which was conducted almost entirely before the President, Trump declared a national emergency on Friday, points to a broad party-political settings in relation to the outbreak.

Sixty-eight percent of Democrats said they were concerned that a family member could contract the virus the. But the number fell to 40 percent among Republicans. Almost eight in 10 Democrats felt the worst was yet to come, in dealing with the pandemic. This number dropped in half to 40 percent among Republicans.

Six in 10 Democrats said that they have stopped to plan or to stop, go to any big meeting. This percentage dropped in half for the Republicans. And 47 percent of Democrats, but only 23 percent of Republicans, said that they had a cancellation or change of travel plans.

Spotlighting the seriousness of the situation, the recommended Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Sunday, rallies against the holding up to 50 persons or more for the next eight weeks.

The President, at a Sunday news conference, said, to relax the Americans, “” and said: “we are doing well, it’s all over”, as he hoard urged buyers to supplies and food to stories.


According to the survey, 45 percent of Americans, the President gave a thumbs up, as he is dealing with the Corona Virus outbreak. But there is a huge partisan divide. Eighty-one percent of Republicans but only 13 percent of Democrats, has been fighting the job he is doing against the virus, with independents at 43 percent.

The NBC News/Wall Street Journal survey. March 11-13 (Wednesday-Friday), with 900 registered voters nationwide telephone operators interviewed live. The survey’s overall sampling error is 3.3 percentage points.

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