57% Of Republicans Say COVID-19 Death Toll Of More Than 176,000 Is “Acceptable”
A CBS News/YouGov poll released Sunday found that a majority of Republicans view the coronavirus death toll of more than 176,000 Americans as “acceptable” in assessing the country’s response to the pandemic.
- USA Today reported that “a 57% majority of registered Republican voters consider that number "acceptable" when "evaluating the U.S. efforts against the coronavirus pandemic," compared with 31% of voters overall.”
- Ninety percent of Democrats and 67 percent of independents found the death toll “unacceptable,” according to the report.
- In addition, the poll found that “Republicans were also more likely to believe the official death toll is inflated – though public health officials like Dr. Anthony Fauci have said the actual number of deaths from the virus is likely higher.”
Forty percent of registered Republicans believe the number of deaths is lower than reported, while 18% said it was probably about right and another 18% said the actual number of deaths was likely higher than reported. Overall, 44% of voters said the number of deaths was actually higher, 36% said it was lower and 20% said the reported number is likely correct.
- Republicans also held the most charitable view of President Trump’s response to the pandemic, with 86 percent saying he has done a good job.
- By comparison, “42% of overall voters said Trump has done a good job” and “92% of Democrats said he has performed badly.”