Another stunner is how many Americans now know someone who has been diagnosed with coronavirus—67% do now, a 27% jump from the 40% who knew someone in early June.
Trump’s disapprovals on his handling of the pandemic also reached a new high of 58% in the poll after rising steadily over the past few months from 48% in March.
In terms of resuming normal daily activities, 52% of Americans say they are not comfortable doing so. In June, just 9% expressed similar discomfort with resuming their daily routines.
As for reopening schools, 57% say their local schools should not reopen for in-person learning while 39% say they should. But partisanship is playing a major role in driving people's views on this question and many others, with just 12% of Democrats expressing support for school reopenings while 74% of Republicans do.
The survey also found giant partisan divides in other areas:
Democrats (76%) and independents (58%) are far more likely to say the worst is yet to come in the outbreak than are Republicans (26%), and the poll finds a massive 64-point gap between the percentages of Republicans and Democrats who say they are comfortable returning to their regular routines today (82% among Republicans, 18% among Democrats).
That said, when nearly 7 in 10 of the electorate is embarrassed by the country's coronavirus response, it's fair to say, as Trump did in 2016, "Please, please, Mr. President, we’re sick and tired of winning."
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