57 percent of Republican voters say US COVID death tally is acceptable

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57 percent of Republican voters say U.S. coronavirus death tally is acceptable, poll shows

The vast majority of Republican voters approve of the U.S. economy’s state and how the government handled the coronavirus, saying the level of deaths has been acceptable, a new poll shows.

Heading into their party’s convention on Monday, 75% of Republicans say the U.S. is in better condition than it was four years ago, with 82% crediting President Trump for that, according to the national survey from CBS News and pollster YouGov released Sunday.

Almost 70% of Republicans said the national economy is good and that U.S. handling of the coronavirus is going well, with over half 57% saying that the number of U.S. deaths from the pandemic, which now number over 175,000, has been accepted.

About two-thirds of Republican respondents said the coronavirus death count is lower than reported.

The results show the support President Trump still has within Republican ranks, despite the U.S. dipping into a recession, reporting the highest unemployment rate in decades, and continuing to log sizeable new COVID-19 cases and deaths.

While most national polls show Democrat Joe Biden leading Donald Trump, the CBS survey is a reminder that much of President Trump’s base approves of the current administration, which speaks to voter enthusiasm and potential turnout.

It also showed a deep split between voters of the two parties: only about one-third of Democrats see the U.S. as better now than four years ago, two-thirds categorize the economy as bad, and around the same proportion say the U.S. response to the pandemic is going poorly.

9 in 10 Democrats say the level of coronavirus deaths has been unacceptable. Independents split the difference between the parties, with 67% saying deaths have been unacceptably high.

The survey, which included 2,226 registered voters, was conducted August 19-21 and had a margin of error of plus or minus 2.4 percentage points.

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