Here is the thing, people parachuting do not cut the strings to their parachute once they see the people waiting below for them. Yet, that is exactly what Texas and Mississippi governors have done by throwing their states wide open to the coronavirus. Throw away those masks. Dine out. Dine in.
Sure, we can see the end of the coronavirus pandemic as we move downhill from the peak of COVID-19 cases. But Americans are far smarter than politicians give them credit. In a new ABC News/Ipsos poll, people are standing behind President Joe Biden’s efforts to tame and then kill off the pandemic. People worry about Republicans “aggressively loosening restrictions,” according to a new ABC News/Ipsos poll.
In spite of a deep political divide, over two-thirds (68 percent) approve of how Biden has been handling the pandemic. President Biden’s approval was 35 percent of Republicans, 67 percent of Independents, and a whopping 98 percent of Democrats.
Then, Biden pushes through his $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief bill giving each adult $1,400 to add to the earlier $600. Republicans are fighting him tooth-and-nail for some unfathomable reason. But the president is on to their wily ways of negotiating until the bill is a mere shadow, then voting against it anyway.
Of course, Democrats have had internal negotiations with more moderate members of their party, especially Senator Joe Manchin (D-KY). The bill passed 50 to 50 with a Vice President Kamala Harris tiebreaker, according to ABC News:
‘The package, which will provide relief to lower-income Americans, small businesses, schools and state and local governments, must now pass the House before it heads to Biden’s desk.’
Dr. Anthony Fauci has raised the warning against “reopening too quickly.” At a press conference Tuesday, Governor Greg Abbott (R-TX) said that even though the COVID-19 mutations are much more transmissible:
‘It is now time to open Texas 100 percent.’
When it comes to masking mandates and restricting groups, more Americans feel some are loosening these mandates too quickly, Democrats 56 percent, GOP 50 percent. There are 21 percent of Democrats and 24 percent of Republicans who think the schedule was the “right pace.”
Among those moving too quickly, 87 percent of Democrats and 55 percent of Independenst think the place was happening too quickly. Just 25 percent of Republicans agreed.
Twenty-eight percent of Americans already have had at least one COVID-19 vaccine dose. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show the number at 22.5 percent. However, the CDC tends to be a few days behind the public.
Among those who have tried to get a vaccine appointment or have successfully been vaccinated, there is a near-even break in their view of the difficulty of the process: There was a 51 percent showing that says getting the vaccine was not hard, but 48 percent say it is difficult.
The Ipsos Public Affairs‘ KnowledgePanel® conducted the ABC News/Ipsos from March 5 through 6. The poll was done in English and Spanish among 521 randomly-selected adults. The division was 31 percent Democrats, 26 percent Independents, and 36 percent Republicans. The margin of error was high, 4.8 +/- points.
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