Mar 10, 2020 - Health

Republicans are twice as likely as Democrats to view coronavirus coverage as exaggerated

Data: SurveyMonkey online survey. (Margin of error ±2 points.) Chart: Andrew Witherspoon/Axios
Data: SurveyMonkey online survey. (Margin of error ±2 points.) Chart: Andrew Witherspoon/Axios

There are potentially pernicious partisan gaps on how Americans view the coronavirus outbreak and the media coverage, according to a new Axios-Survey Monkey poll.

The big picture: 62% of Republicans said news reports about the illness are "generally exaggerated" — double the 31% of Democrats who feel the same way.

By the numbers: Overall, 39% of American adults see the virus as "easily spread," with Democrats more likely to say so than Republicans.

  • Approximately 22% of Americans surveyed view a federal mandate for anyone exposed to the virus as a threat to their personal rights.
  • Democrats are also more likely to avoid public spaces than Republicans.

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