This chart depresses me

Great piece in 538 on (mostly growing) partisan divisions on Covid.  Lots of good stuff, but this one really got to me:

Any decent person should damn well be concerned they’ll unknowingly spread Covid to another person.  That’s a huge part of the reason we should all be wearing masks.

So, next question, why are Republicans so much less concerned?  General lack of empathy?  They know it’s all just a hoax to do in Trump?  Or is it simply that they have been, till now, much less likely to actually know people with Covid?

And, Marc Hetherington who’s been leading the great UNC Covid efforts I’ve been lucky to be a part of, gets a few words:

“Some Republicans are much less freaked out by the virus than they were a few months ago,” said Marc Hetherington, a political scientist at the University of North Carolina who is tracking Americans’ perspectives of the coronavirus through a panel survey. “But things are changing so quickly — these new outbreaks could scare them and maybe some of that polarization disappears.”

But, lets end on a positive note.  In a lot of ways, Democrats and Republicans actually aren’t all that different:

About Steve Greene
Professor of Political Science at NC State

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