Twice as many Republicans say coronavirus risk is 'exaggerated': poll

Twice as many Republicans say coronavirus risk is 'exaggerated': poll
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Twice as many Republicans as Democrats said in a new poll that they believe coronavirus reports are “exaggerated.” 

Sixty-two percent of Republicans said the news about coronavirus is "generally exaggerated," compared to 31 percent of Democrats. Only 7 percent of Republicans thought the news was "generally underestimated," compared to 20 percent of Democrats. 

The online Axios poll, conducted by SurveyMonkey, also found that Democrats, by a 47 to 34 percent margin, said that they believe the virus is “very easily” spread.


Similarly, Democrats surveyed also showed a higher likelihood to avoid large events or public spaces amidst the worldwide outbreak. Dozens of events and conferences have been canceled or postponed throughout the U.S. due to fears of the virus. In Washington state and in other parts of the U.S., schools have shut down to avoid the spread of the disease. 

Poll respondents from both parties gave similar answers when asked if they believed a federally mandated quarantine for people infected with the virus was necessary, with 77 approving the move and 22 percent saying it infringes on their rights.  

The survey, which was conducted March 5–9, gathered responses from 4,633 adults in the U.S. 

Though it did not specifically ask about the administration’s response to the potential outbreak, Democratic lawmakers have been critical of the White House coronavirus task force and Republican lawmakers have come to President TrumpDonald John TrumpDonald Trump and Joe Biden create different narratives for the election The hollowing out of the CDC Poll: Biden widens lead over Trump to 10 points MORE's defense, potentially fueling the partisan differences in the poll. 

As of Tuesday morning, nearly 116,000 people have tested positive for the virus and more than 4,000 have died worldwide. In the U.S., 755 cases have been confirmed and 26 people have died.