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MARQUETTE POLL: Evers vs. Trump handling of outbreak differs sharply between parties

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A new poll surrounding the COVID-19 outbreak, and there is not much of a partisan divide — when it comes to matters of the state, anyway.

The newest Marquette University Law School poll shows some bipartsian support for matters of the state. Nationally, however, Wisconsinites seem as far apart as can be.


The poll was conducted March 24-29, 2020. The sample included 813 registered voters in Wisconsin interviewed by cell phone or landline, with a margin of error of +/- 4.2 percentage points.


When it comes to support of Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers’ handling of the coronavirus outbreak, there isn’t much of a divide among Democrats and Republicans.

EVERS’ APPROVAL OVER HANDLING OF OUTBREAK
Republicans: 63
Lean Rep.: 68
Independents: 74
Lean Dem.: 83
Democrats: 89

With Donald Trump, however, those numbers change quite a bit over the president’s handling of the virus.

TRUMPS’ APPROVAL OVER HANDLING OF OUTBREAK
Republicans: 88
Lean Rep.: 90
Independent: 59
Lean Dem.: 16
Democrat: 11

Concern, itself, over the virus in the U.S. hovers closer to the Trump numbers and the Evers ones.

CONCERN OVER VIRUS IN U.S.
Republicans: 56
Lean Rep.: 43
Independent: 74
Lean Dem.: 75
Democrat: 87

As for the Democratic Presidential Primary, where Bernie Sanders was leading Joe Biden in the same poll in February, those numbers have completely flipped.

Now, Biden leads with 62 percent to Sanders’ 34. In February, Biden had just 15 percent to Sanders’ 29.

When it comes to other matters surrounding the virus, overall Evers’ decisions remain fairly favorable. Here is a look at those numbers, throwing out the politics.

CLOSING SCHOOLS and BUSINESS
86 percent appropriate
10 overreaction

LEGISLATION FOR DIRECT CASH PAYMENTS OVER VIRUS HARDSHIPS
51 percent strongly approve
28 percent somewhat approve
9 percent somewhat disapprove
6 percent strongly disapprove

EVERS’ HANDLING OF VIRUS OUTBREAK
76 percent approve
17 percent disapprove.

TRUMP’S HANDLING OF VIRUS OUTBREAK
51 percent approve
46 percent disapprove

ECONOMIC IMPACT
9 percent lost a job or been laid off
21 percent had family member lose job
68 percent said no job loss in family

WORK HOURS
22 percent loss of hours
29 percent a family member’s hours reduced
48 percent no one in family had hours reduced

WORK FROM HOME
26 percent work from home
30 percent had family change to work from home
43 percent no one in family working from home

LIFE DISRUPTED
57 percent has been disrupted a lot
28 percent say it has been disrupted some
12 percent only a little
3 percent no disruption at all

FOLLOWING VIRUS NEWS
76 percent following news very closely
22 percent somewhat closely
1 percent not very closely
1 percent not following news at all

CONCERN OVER VIRUS IN U.S.
68 percent very concerned
25 percent somewhat concerned
5 percent not very concerned
2 percent not at all concerned

RISK AND SERIOUSNESS OF VIRUS ILLNESS
30 percent very worried about getting illness
40 percent somewhat worried
18 percent not very worried
11 percent not at all worried

WHEN VIRUS WILL BE UNDER CONTROL
44 percent will be under control by the end of May
27 percent end of August
11 percent next fall
7 percent a year
2 percent more than a year to control the epidemic

Host of WIZM's La Crosse Talk PM | University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point graduate | Hometown: Greenville, Wis | Avid noonball basketball player and sand volleyballer in La Crosse

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