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Poll: Nearly half of voters expect COVID-19 cases will continue to rise

Nearly half of voters say they expect the number of COVID-19 cases in the country will continue to increase, a new Hill-HarrisX poll finds.

Forty-eight percent of registered voters in the survey said the number of new cases per day will rise, while 31 percent expect it to stay about the same and 21 percent say case numbers will drop.

The survey was conducted last week amid a rising number of cases across the country. Numbers have continued to rise in recent days, with more than 62,000 new infections reported on Monday. Hospitalizations have also ticked upward recently. The current death toll stands at more than 225,000.

The Hill-HarrisX survey found that a majority of voters over the age of 50 as well as a majority of Democratic voters expect cases to increase. Sixty-one percent of voters 50 to 64 years old and 54 percent of voters 65 and older said cases will increase.

By contrast, 31 percent of those ages 18-34 and 45 percent of those ages 35-49 agreed.

Sixty-eight percent of Democratic respondents also said the number of new cases will go up compared to 45 percent of independents and 31 percent of Republicans.

The poll was conducted online Oct. 19-22 among 943 registered voters. It has a margin of error of 3.19 percentage points.

Gabriela Schulte