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Poll: Republicans More Willing to Risk Sickness, Death to Reopen Country

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Rep. Mike Kelly, of Butler, Pa., R-16th District has joined a lawsuit opposing shutdowns in his home state. (Christopher Millette/Erie Times-News via AP)

By    |   Friday, 08 May 2020 02:20 PM

Republicans are more likely than Democrats or the unaffiliated to reopen the country even if that causes more illnesses and deaths from the coronavirus, according to a new poll from Rasmussen Reports.

More than half of likely Republican voters said they were willing to risk more coronavirus cases and deaths in order to reopen the economy. Almost three-quarters of Democrats and more than have of unaffiliated voters disagree.

  • 57% of Republicans say country should reopen despite risks.
  • 73% of Democrats disagree.
  • 52% of unaffiliated voters disagree.

About one-third of likely voters say that Americans should start returning to normalcy even with the risk of the coronavirus, while about half disagree, with the rest undecided.

  • 33% support return to normalcy.
  • 53% disagree.
  • 14% are undecided.

About one-quarter of voters think that the U.S. can afford to sustain the lockdown for an indefinite length of time to keep the coronavirus from spreading. Democrats were more likely to agree with this statement that Republicans or the unaffiliated.

  • 25% say U.S. can stay locked down indefinitely.
  • 41% of Democrats agree.
  • 17% of Republicans agree.
  • 16% of the unaffiliated agree.

Rasmussen polled 1,000 likely voters from May 6-7, with a margin of error of  3 percentage points.

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Republicans are more likely than Democrats or the unaffiliated to reopen the country even if that causes more illnesses and deaths from the coronavirus, according to a new poll from Rasmussen Reports.
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