57% of Republicans say coronavirus death toll is ‘acceptable’


A majority of Republicans have said the United States’ coronavirus death toll – now exceeding 176,000, according to data from Johns Hopkins University – is “acceptable,” according to one published poll Sunday.A CBS News-YouGov Poll determined that 57% of Republican respondents said the death toll in the United States for COVID-19 was “acceptable”, while 43% said it was “not acceptable”. Republicans were the only partisan group whose majority of voters said the death toll was acceptable.

Among Democrats, 10% said the death toll from coronaviruses in the United States was acceptable, while 90% said it was not acceptable. For the independents, 33% qualified the death toll as acceptable and 67% called it unacceptable.

Republican respondents also differed among all voters on whether the United States’ handling of the coronavirus pandemic is “going well,” with 73% agreeing with this assessment. A total of 38 percent of all voters said it was going well.

Most voters at 62 percent said the management of the pandemic “is going badly,” but only 27 percent of Republicans agreed.

Republican participants were also more likely than all voters to say the death toll in the United States is actually lower than reported – at 64%. Overall, 36% of all voters supported this statement.

A total of 44 percent of all respondents believe the death toll is actually higher than what has been reported, while 18 percent of Republicans agree.

The CBS News-YouGov poll polled 2,226 registered voters in the United States between August 19 and 21. The margin of error was 2.4 percentage points.

According to data from Johns Hopkins University, the U.S. death toll from COVID-19 has reached at least 176,579 deaths, or nearly 22% of reported deaths worldwide.

The United States has documented more than 5.6 million cases, or about a quarter of all reported cases worldwide.


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