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LUNCHTIME POLITICS: Coronavirus: True or False? – Biden Tops Sanders – Connecticut

Your Daily Polling Update for Thursday, March 19


Down 1 from yesterday

RON’S COMMENT: Today’s average is based on four polls, ranging from 43% (Reuters, Politico) to 47% (Rasmussen). The fourth poll has it at 44%…. President Trump’s disapproval rating averages 54% today (+2 from yesterday), which is 10 points higher than his approval rating.

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Among Democratic primary voters nationwide

Biden over Sanders: +21 (57-36)

RON’S COMMENT: Biden holds a big national lead over Sanders. Biden wins women 60-32, men 52-41, whites 57-36 and blacks 71-24. Sanders wins Hispanics 47-44…. Democrats think the race is over: 71% of Democratic voters think Joe Biden will win the nomination and only 14% think Sanders will win.


Among Democratic primary voters statewide

Biden over Sanders: +17 (42-25)

RON’S COMMENT: Sanders can’t catch a break anywhere. The Connecticut primary is scheduled for April 28 and 60 delegates are at stake.


Among adults nationwide

Do you think the following statements are true or not true?

The U.S. is concealing the true scale of its coronavirus deaths.
Definitely/probably true: 48%
Definitely/probably not true: 52%

RON’S COMMENT: 62% of Democrats and 27% of Republicans say this is definitely/probably true.

The coronavirus is a man-made epidemic. 
Definitely/probably true: 47%
Definitely/probably not true: 53%

RON’S COMMENT: 45% of Democrats and 48% of Republicans say this is definitely/probably true.

The threat of the coronavirus is being exaggerated for political reasons. 
Definitely/probably true: 41%
Definitely/probably not true: 59%

RON’S COMMENT: 29% of Democrats and 54% of Republicans say this is definitely/probably true.

Fraud perpetrated by the deep state. 
Definitely/probably true: 31%
Definitely/probably not true: 69%

RON’S COMMENT: 22% of Democrats and 42% of Republicans say this is definitely/probably true.

Foreign plot to attack the world. 
Definitely/probably true: 27%
Definitely/probably not true: 73%

RON’S COMMENT: 24% of Democrats and 33% of Republicans say this is definitely/probably true.

The coronavirus is a hoax.
Definitely/probably true: 13%
Definitely/probably not true: 86%

RON’S COMMENT: 15% of Democrats and 16% of Republicans say this is definitely/probably true.


Among adults nationwide

Do you think the coronavirus epidemic is a national emergency? 

Yes: 65%
No: 20%

Taking into consideration both your risk of contracting it and the seriousness of the illness, how worried are you personally about experiencing coronavirus? 

Very worried: 15%
Somewhat worried: 41%
Not too/not worried: 44%

How would you describe the way you are thinking about coronavirus?

I am probably not taking the risks seriously enough: 10%
I am probably behaving appropriately: 81%
I am probably overreacting to the actual risks of contracting the virus: 4%

How do you plan on changing your travel plans for the next few months? 

I will travel more: 2%
I have trips planned and have not cancelled them: 14%
I have cancelled travel plans: 50%
I did not have any trips planned: 34%

Do you think the coronavirus will lead to an economic recession? 

Yes, recession: 55%
No, no recession: 16%
Not sure: 29%

Do you think the U.S. is handling the coronavirus epidemic better than or worse than other countries, or is the U.S. doing about as well as most other countries? 

Better than most countries: 33%
Worse than most countries: 29%
About the same as most countries: 26%
Not sure: 12%

RON’S COMMENT: Keep in mind, this poll was conducted several days ago. Fast-moving events since then may have altered some of these attitudes.

Presidential job rating average based on recent nationwide polls.
CONNECTICUT: Hartford Courant, Feb. 24-March 12

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