Republicans Are More Willing To Risk Deaths, Illness to Get Country Going Again

Republicans are a lot more eager than Democrats to emerge from the coronavirus lockdown even if it means more sickness and death. But most voters regardless of party affiliation agree America can’t remain like this indefinitely.

The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 57% of Likely Republican Voters believe it is time for Americans to begin returning to their everyday lives even if it may lead to more illness and more deaths due to coronavirus. Seventy-three percent (73%) of Democrats and 52% of voters not affiliated with either major party disagree.

Among all likely voters, 33% say it’s time for Americans to begin returning to normalcy despite the risk of more illness and death. Fifty-three percent (53%) disagree. Fourteen percent (14%) are undecided. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

By a 53% to 32% margin, voters agree with Illinois Democratic Governor J.B. Pritzker that “until we have a vaccine or an effective treatment or enough widespread immunity that new cases fail to materialize, the option of returning to normalcy doesn’t exist.” Fifteen percent (15%) are not sure.

But just 25% of voters believe the United States can afford to remain largely shut down for an indefinite period to limit the spread of the coronavirus. That’s down from 36% in late March. Sixty percent (60%) say the country can’t stay shut down indefinitely, up from 49%, while 14% remain undecided.

Republicans Are More Willing To Risk Deaths, Illness to Get Country Going Again

Republicans are a lot more eager than Democrats to emerge from the coronavirus lockdown even if it means more sickness and death. But most voters regardless of party affiliation agree America can’t remain like this indefinitely.

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