May 13, 2020

COVID-19: Need-to-Know News from
the USA

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GOP split on whether to back Fauci's or Trump's assessment on reopening economy
Why Share It: CNN provides a good summary and compilation of quotes from Republican members of the senate panel before which Dr. Anthony Fauci testified yesterday. The statements show where Republican senators — many of whom are up for reelection this year — stand on how best to move forward with reopening the country.

‘Partisan Tribalism’ Dominates in Poll of Americans’ Virus Views
Why Share It: Americans perceive the threat posed by COVID-19 differently depending on their party affiliation. Self-identified Democrats are more likely to say they have been personally affected by the pandemic, while Republicans are more confident of a return to normalcy. “The differences, revealed in a new poll from Monmouth University Monday, shed light on the political ramifications of the virus but also show how voters see the world in starkly different terms.”
Trump’s Favorability Falls Among Seniors Amidst Pandemic
Public Religion Research Institute
Why Share It: President Trump’s approval rating among Americans 65 and older has dropped as a result of his handling of the COVID-19 emergency. “In April just over four in ten (42%) seniors said they have a mostly or very favorable view of Trump compared to a 57% majority who are mostly or very unfavorable to the president. This represents a 14 percentage point drop since mid-March when a majority (56%) of seniors said they view Trump favorably.”

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