US voters were split in elections on the basis of how surprisingly they looked at President Donald Trump’s response to the coronavirus epidemic: Trump received overwhelming support in a place where the virus is now the most raging.
An Associated Press analysis shows that with the highest number of new cases per capita in 376 counties, the overwhelming majority – 93% of those counties – went for Trump, a rate above other less severely hit areas. Most were rural areas in Montana, Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Iowa, and Wisconsin.
Noting to the contrary, state health officials are pausing for a moment of introspection. Even when they worry about hospitalizations and the increasing number of deaths, they aim to reissue their messages and reset on public sentiment, so that the election is over.
Dr. of the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials. Marcus Placia said “public health officials need to step in, listen and understand people who are not taking the same kind of stance”.
“I think things are likely to be less charged and divisive,” he said, adding that a chance public health message could unify the case of reducing Americans to stall hospitals during the winter months Do not come.
The AP’s analysis was limited to counties in which at least 95% of pre-institutions reported results, and classified counties into six categories based on COVID-19 case rates that they would experience per 100,000 residents.
The turnout, too, showed voters who split on Republican Trump vs. Democrat Joe Biden differences over whether the epidemic was under control.
Forty-six percent of Trump voters reported the epidemic to be wholly or mostly under control, and another 47% said it was somewhat under control, according to the AP Votecast, with more than 110,000 held for the APC for APRC at the university A nationwide survey of voters. Of Chicago. Meanwhile, 82% of Biden voters said the epidemic is not under control.
The thin prominence of voters in many red states, including Alabama (60%), Missouri (54%), Mississippi (58%), Kentucky (55%), Texas (55%), has led to at least some degree of control of the epidemic. was considered. Tennessee (56%) and South Carolina (56%).
In Wisconsin, where the virus grew just before the election, 57% said the epidemic was not under control. In the state of Washington, where the virus is now more under control than in the first year, 55% said so. Voters in New York and New Hampshire, where the virus is now more controlled after the initial upsurge, were similarly divided across voters in their assessment of the nation.
Trump voters, taken by AP journalists, said they value personal freedom and believe the president could have done the same to anyone in response to the coronaires.
25-year-old Republican Michael Lane dropped his ballot at a polling place in an outdoor mall in Phoenix last week. He cast his vote for Trump.
Lane said, “I think the most important issue facing the country is the independence of the country.” “Stressing the freedom of the people, ignoring the government, abolishing the government, anarchy on a lot of issues currently going on and just giving back their rights to the people.”
Nearly half of Trump’s voters saw the economy and jobs as the top issue facing the nation, nearly twice the percentages that named the epidemic, according to the votecast. In contrast, a majority of Biden voters – about 6 in 10 – said the epidemic was the most important issue.
In Madison, Wisconsin, Eric Angstrom, a 31-year-old investment analyst and his wife Gwen, voted absent by mail in early October.
Trump’s failure to control the epidemic sealed his vote for Biden, Angstrom said, adding that the coronovirus is the most immediate threat facing the country. He said he and his wife are expecting their first child, a girl, in January and are afraid that “when we are born there is an increased likelihood of one or both of us becoming ill.”
Angstrom called Trump’s response to virus Abismal. “If there was any chance that I was going to vote for Trump, it would have ended because of the epidemic,” he said.
Plessicia said political temperatures have increased the stress of public health officials. “Our biggest concern is how long can they maintain this pace?” he said.
Since the onset of the epidemic, 74 state and local public health officials in 31 states have resigned, retired or been fired, according to an ongoing analysis by AP and Kaiser Health News.
According to the mood of the election, growing hospitals in the cold weather create “a really pivotal moment” in the epidemic, Sema Sagier, executive director of the Sarma Foundation, a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit institution that has Harvard University-affiliated Worked with Aredon Labs to develop a tool to estimate vaccine needs in the states.
“We really need to do our work together. When I say ‘we’ mean collectively,” Sgaier said. He said that if one of the common vaccine candidates proves safe and effective and gets government approval, it can be easy to find common ground.
“The vaccine provides a reset button,” Sgaier said.
Dr. Anthony Fauci may be another unifying force. According to Votecast, Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, has nationwide approval by 73% of voters for the way the epidemic has been handled.
Even among Trump voters, 53% approved Fauci’s performance. About 9 to 10 Biden voters approved.