Mar 26, 2018

Democrat, Republican voters agree on gun control's role in 2018 election

March for Our Lives rally. Photo: Derek Davis/Portland Press Herald via Getty Images

Democrats and Republicans agree equally (68%) that a candidate must reflect their gun policy views in order to get their support in an election, per a new CBS poll. A total 66% of voters feel the same.

Why it matters: We can fully expect voters of all beliefs to take the gun policy issue to the polls with them this year. Even Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham warned that if Democrats and Republicans don't take action "we’re going to get hurt because most Americans believe we should solve problems that Americans are facing like gun violence."

By the numbers:

Big picture: The recent March for Our Lives rallies showed how millions of millennials across the country will take the issue of stricter gun control to the voting booths in November. But this poll shows that Republican voters expect their views to be reflected in their elected officials, too.

Be smart: Consistent enthusiasm among Democratic voters — as well as polls showing college grads and women increasingly align with the Democratic Party — could make it harder for Republican candidates in districts with large majorities of voters who support stricter gun control.

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Coronavirus breaks the telecom bundle

Reproduced from Park Associates "Broadband Services in the U.S." report; Note: 2019 survey was conducted in Q3, with 10,059 respondents and a ±1% margin of error; Chart: Axios Visuals

Consumers are adopting stand-alone broadband services at a much higher rate than just two years ago, and analysts predict that the economic downturn prompted by the COVID-19 outbreak will accelerate the trend.

Why it matters: With a recession looming, consumers may look to cut pay TV service in favor of more robust standalone internet packages once they're free to leave their homes.

America's funeral homes buckle under the coronavirus

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

Morgues, funeral homes and cemeteries in hot spots across America cannot keep up with the staggering death toll of the coronavirus pandemic.

Why it matters: The U.S. has seen more than 10,000 deaths from the virus, and at least tens of thousands more lives are projected to be lost. The numbers are creating unprecedented bottlenecks in the funeral industry — and social distancing is changing the way the families say goodbye to their loved ones.

Navarro memos warning of mass coronavirus death circulated in January

Image from a memo to President Trump

In late January, President Trump's economic adviser Peter Navarro warned his White House colleagues the novel coronavirus could take more than half a million American lives and cost close to $6 trillion, according to memos obtained by Axios.

The state of play: By late February, Navarro was even more alarmed, and he warned his colleagues, in another memo, that up to two million Americans could die of the virus.

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