When the World Health Organization declared the novel coronavirus outbreak a pandemic on March 11, about half of the U.S. population said COVID-19 was a “major threat” to the health of the country, but more Democrats felt this way than Republicans, according to polling from Pew Research Center. While the partisan divide still exists, new polling from Pew Research out Thursday shows that across the board, on both ends of the political spectrum, more Americans now consider it a “major threat” to health as the pandemic continues to rapidly spread across the United States. According to the first Pew poll, conducted between March 10 and March 16, 59% of Democrats and independents who lean Democratic said the outbreak was a major threat to the population’s health, but only 33% of Republicans and Republican-leaning independents said the same. An NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist College poll conducted within the same time frame, from March 13 to March 14, showed a similar, stark partisan gap: While 56% of Americans thought coronavirus was a “real threat,” 76% of Democrats said it was, but only 40% of Republicans said the same. Gary Langer, longtime polling director for ABC News, said partisan identity is formed by “who people


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