Most Americans said in a new poll that they don’t believe the number of coronavirus deaths is the same as the reported total, but their responses are split by party identification.
The majority of Democrats said they believe the number of deaths is higher than reported, according to an Axios-Ipsos poll released Tuesday, but Republicans are more likely to say it is lower.
The poll found 63 percent of Democrats said the number of deaths is more than reported, but just 24 percent of Republicans agreed.
Forty percent of Republicans, meanwhile, said the number of deaths is less than what is reported, and only 7 percent of Democrats said the same.
Almost half of independents — 45 percent — said the number of deaths is more than reported and 24 percent said it is less.
The poll also found that trust in some state governments has dropped.
Over the last two weeks, 50 percent of respondents in Texas, Georgia and Florida, three states that have started rolling back restrictions, reported trusting their state governments. The number of residents in those states who said they trust their state governments is down from 67 percent in late March, based on the poll.
No notable change was recorded over the same period among residents in New York, New Jersey and California, which have made little to no adjustments to coronavirus restrictions. Seventy percent in those states reported trusting the state governments.
Globally, 251,910 deaths have been reported, including 68,924 fatalities in the U.S., according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.
The Axios-Ipsos poll of 1,012 adults was conducted May 1-4. The margin of error is 3.2 percentage points.