Axios tells us —between coughing fits— that Americans believe that the Trump-Virus is over. Get a load of this:
Less than one in 10 Americans now describe COVID-19 as a crisis — with about three in four calling it a manageable problem and one in six saying it’s no problem at all — according to the latest installment of the Axios/Ipsos Coronavirus Index…
Between the lines: Democrats were five times as likely as Republicans to say COVID-19 is a crisis (16% to 3%). Meanwhile, Republicans were 10 times as likely as Democrats to say COVID-19 is not a problem (31% to 3%).
- Here’s another way to look at the overall numbers: About twice as large a share of Americans said COVID-19 is “not a problem at all” (17%) than said it is “a serious crisis” (9%)…
The big picture: The latest wave of our national survey actually found a slight uptick in people’s perceptions of the risks of certain activities, including flying, attending sports events and returning to work. Yet it shows the highest share of Americans visiting friends and family members outside the home — and the lowest rate of social distancing — since the early part of last summer.
- Just half of respondents now support schools requiring students, teachers and administrators to wear masks, down from seven in 10 at the start of the school year.
- The number of respondents who said their employers are requiring them to wear masks dropped by nearly half over the past month, from 39% to 22%.
- 37% of respondents said they’ve already returned to their normal, pre-COVID lives, a new survey high.
In other words, if Axios is to be believed, the imaginary world that Republicans live in is now the majority of the United States.
All of our usual polling quibbles apply in the age of the cell phone, but at the bottom of the page Axios helpfully informs us:
Methodology: This Axios/Ipsos Poll was conducted April 8-11 by Ipsos’ KnowledgePanel®. This poll is based on a nationally representative probability sample of 1,043 general population adults age 18 or older.
- The margin of sampling error is ±3.4 percentage points at the 95% confidence level, for results based on the entire sample of adults.
They called The Shady Rest during Fox & Friends, in other words.