In a pandemic, political polarization could kill people
- March 22, 2020
- Michael Tesler, poli sci, The Washington Post, March 22, 2020
Recently, Michael Tesler, an associate professor of political science at the University
of California [Irvine], suggested that reality might finally be “burst[ing] through
the partisan bubble.” In an analysis of Google search trends, he found that, from
Feb. 15 through March 15, people living in politically “red” states were significantly
less likely to have searched for “coronavirus” over the previous month than residents
of blue states. But over the last few days of the period examined — March 11 to 15
— there had been a noticeable change in behavior: People in Republican states were
searching for the virus nearly as much as their Democratic counterparts. Unfortunately,
this finding may not be as reassuring as it first appears.
For the full story, please visit https://www.washingtonpost.com/outlook/2020/03/23/coronavirus-polarization-political-exaggeration/.
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