Two-thirds of Democratic voters believe the United States has underreacted to the CCP Virus (coronavirus) threat, as a consequence they think the Trump administration has made the country less safe, but only a third of GOP voters agree with them.
The latest Rasmussen Reports survey released on Tuesday, May 26, found that 46% of Republicans believe the United States has overreacted to the CCP Virus pandemic, while 67% of Democrats and 58% of voters not affiliated with either major party said the country has underreacted.
Among all likely voters, 27% said the United States overreacted to the virus threat, while 50% believe it has underreacted. Just 21% think the response has been about right.
Though the virus death toll continues to fall and many communities are beginning to return to normalcy, only 30% said the overall government response has made America safer, while 51% believe the Trump administration’s response has made the country less safe, and 13% feel it has had no impact.
Politics remains a big factor in U.S. voter views of the CCP Virus outbreak. The survey shows that 63% of Democrats and 54% of the unaffiliated believe the government response has made the country less safe, and just 33% of GOP voters agree.
With Americans breaking down along party lines on their views of the CCP Virus crisis and how the country has responded, the survey helps explain why Red Republican states are opening up while Blue Democrat states are extending their lockdowns.
Although many of the medical projections about the impact of the pandemic on the United States have proven to be inflated thus far, voters are not buying.
The survey, conducted from May 24-25, shows that only 31% of all voters think most of the projections were overestimated, while 40% say they were underestimated, and just 24% believe they were about right.
Republicans (55%) are much more likely than Democrats (12%) and unaffiliated voters (29%) to believe most of the medical projections about the CCP Virus were overestimated.
Blacks are more likely than whites and other minority voters to feel that the overall government response has made the country less safe.
Another Rasmussen survey conducted in April found that most Democrats (60%) blamed President Donald Trump, not China, for the CCP Virus crisis the United States is experiencing, though the virus first broke out in Wuhan and most authorities agreed that it was able to spread globally because the Chinese Communist Party delayed for several weeks notifying the international community.