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Do Political Views Divide Thoughts On Coronavirus?

  • Reuters, Tuesday, March 10, 2020 2:29 PM

Will your political affiliation determine whether or not you will contract coronavirus? Probably not, but the unwillingness to protect yourself might. About four of every 10 Democrats said they thought the new coronavirus poses an imminent threat, compared to about two of every 10 Republicans. It's obvious that those who think it is an "imminent threat" will do more to protect themselves, such as washing their hands after touching every public surface. The study found that half of Democrats said they now wash their hands more often because of the virus, compared with four in 10 Republicans, according to the poll. About 8% of Democrats said they had changed their travel plans, compared to about 3% of Republicans. Is the data skewed based on geographic location? 

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