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Americans' fear of the coronavirus is becoming increasingly unanimous and nonpartisan

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    Kuromantis
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    I wonder what/who's convincing people to change their minds?

    In one poll, as many as 84 percent of Americans said they were concerned about the impact the coronavirus would have on the economy. And concern has continued to grow. A Morning Consult poll conducted between March 20 and March 22 found that 90 percent of Americans said they were “very” or “somewhat” concerned that the coronavirus would impact the economy, marking a 6-point increase from the week before. Americans are also worried about job security — 49 percent said they were worried about losing their job.

    Most polls now show similar shares of Republicans and Democrats are concerned. A March 20-22 Morning Consult poll found that 90 percent of Republicans were concerned about the economy compared to 93 percent of Democrats.

    For comparison, a March 22-24 Economist/YouGov poll found that 64 percent of Americans said they were “very” or “somewhat” worried about personally experiencing the coronavirus. This marked an 8-point jump from the March 15-17 Economist/YouGov survey. The share of Republicans who said they are concerned rose 11 points, from 45 percent to 56 percent. The share of Democrats who said they are concerned increased 3 points, from 71 percent to 74 percent.

    Four other polls released this week found that more than 2/3rds of Americans were either very or somewhat concerned that they or someone close to them would get or be exposed to the disease: Harris Poll (76 percent), SurveyMonkey/Fortune (76 percent), CBS/YouGov (71 percent) and Global Strategy Group/GBAO/Navigator (79 percent).

    A week ago, it was reported that Sens. Richard Burr and Kelly Loeffler sold millions' worth in stocks after receiving information about the coronavirus epidemic. In an Economist/YouGov poll conducted between March 22 and March 24, 69 percent of registered voters, including 68 percent of Democrats and 59 percent of Republicans, said senators who sold stocks after receiving briefings on the coronavirus should resign.

    I wonder what/who's convincing people to change their minds?

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    1. Loire
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      As always anecdotal but: About three weeks ago, passing through a very small town in northwestern Louisiana (hunting for that elusive toilet paper) I caught a conversation in the checkout line...

      As always anecdotal but:

      About three weeks ago, passing through a very small town in northwestern Louisiana (hunting for that elusive toilet paper) I caught a conversation in the checkout line between two (presumedly conservative) older white men. The gyst of it was "Do you even know anyone that has caught it?" along the lines of it being a hoax. You see at the time there was maybe one or two confirmed cases in the entire state.

      Three weeks later and the same town is under lock down, schools are shut down, every county has at least one confirmed case, the state has 3300 confirmed cases with 140 dead for a shocking 4% death rate. New Orleans is swamped with hospitalizations. It's become more real.

      I think tildes has frequently commented on how conservatives don't seem to be able to conceptualize issues that don't directly affect them. This could very much be the same.

      As for fears concerning the economy, that's pretty self explanatory. The amount of layoffs have been astounding. The stock market crashed to a three year low.

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      Keegan
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      Is commenting literally a third of the article beneficial?

      Is commenting literally a third of the article beneficial?

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      1. [3]
        Kuromantis
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        Good question. /skybrian asked it here.

        Good question. /skybrian asked it here.

        1. skybrian
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          Sometimes I overdo it out of enthusiasm, but generally I think it's best to look for the key sentence or paragraph. What made you sit up and say "wow, I must share this?" Quote that. Trim out...

          Sometimes I overdo it out of enthusiasm, but generally I think it's best to look for the key sentence or paragraph. What made you sit up and say "wow, I must share this?" Quote that. Trim out anything that's a side point. It's not so different from what magazines do with a pull quote. I might quote more if there is a paywall, so people who can't read it easily will have something.

          538 does good work but in this case I think the headline adequately summarizes the article, and there's no paywall. It's good to know that we're getting closer to a consensus though.

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        2. Keegan
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          This can hardly be called a quote at all. It is a third of the article. It isn't acceptable to paste the entire article so where is the line for how much is too much? I have lately seen these...

          This can hardly be called a quote at all. It is a third of the article. It isn't acceptable to paste the entire article so where is the line for how much is too much? I have lately seen these comments get longer and longer and with less user-written commentary, and they never receive any comments on them.

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