The novels that are currently working their way through the US are not political, we have been told several times, and not discriminate between Democrats or Republicans. This is much true. However, after two months of social and government compulsory residence-at home orders, Americans are increasingly watching the epidemic, and our leaders ‘ react to it, through a partisan lens.
The political division between the public is Stark. According to a CBS News/YouGov poll The fifth release, 88% of Democrats believed that the top priority of America was to “stay home, spreading viruses slowly.” Only 12% said that the top priority should be “back to work, get the economy going.” 62 percent of Republicans, on the other hand, favored getting economies would be the top priority, whereas 38% felt at home was the top priority. Put another way, the net difference between Democrats and Republicans on what the country’s top priority should be is 50 percentage points.
Not surprisingly, partisan differences show up when voters are asked about the re-opening of specific addresses and institutions. In A survey released early this week From The Economist/YouGov, the Republican was about four times more supporters of the Democratic Party of “surely” re-open parks and schools, five times more in favor of re-opening restaurants and beaches, and almost seven times more in favor of re-opening the church.
Hoping, Democrats have a much more pessimistic view of when…