President Donald Trump has made many claims that Americans want to “reopen” the country’s economy, even though doing so may risk a greater spread of coronavirus.
“We’re opening up our country. And we have to do that. America wants to be open, and Americans want to be open,” Trump said in remarks on Thursday.
The polling doesn’t match Trump’s insinuations, however.
According to Pew Research Center, which conducted a poll on that question and many others from April 7 to April 12, 66 percent of Americans are worried that states, acting under Trump’s recent three-phase guidance, will move too quickly to end stay-in-place restrictions. Only 32 percent say they’re worried things won’t move fast enough to reopen the economy.
Indeed, it doesn’t appear that much confidence is given to Trump at all from the American people, according to the poll. Only 39 percent believe that he gives an accurate portrayal of how things really are, while a majority, 52 percent, say he’s trying to sugarcoat the current situation involving the coronavirus pandemic.
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Nearly three-in-four respondents also believe the worst of the virus is still to come, the poll also found.
A lot of blame, too, goes to Trump when it comes to how he initially responded to the threat of coronavirus. Thirty-four percent of Americans believe he responded quickly to it, while 65 percent say his response was too slow to act.
There seems to be statistical evidence to support the majority’s theory. According to a pair of epidemiologist researchers, had Trump acted even just a week earlier than he did, and issued a stay-in-place recommendation to the states on March 9 (instead of on March 16), nearly 40,000 American lives could have been saved as a result.
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Chris Walker is a freelance writer based out of Madison, Wisconsin. A millennial with more than a decade of journalism experience, Chris aims to provide readers with the latest and most accurate news of national importance. Chris likes to spend his free time doing activities in his community with his family.