Don’t Touch Your Face

Don’t Touch Your Face: Partisanship

U.S. President Donald Trump adjusts the microphone for Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute Of Allergy And Infectious Diseases
U.S. President Donald Trump adjusts the microphone for Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute Of Allergy And Infectious Diseases, during a news conference where Trump announced a national emergency in response to the global coronavirus pandemic at the White House on March 13. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

On today’s podcast, we look at why opinion polls are showing a sharp partisan divide on the coronavirus in the United States.

A poll released on Sunday by NBC and the Wall Street Journal found a sharp partisan divide in the way Americans view the coronavirus pandemic. Almost 70 percent of Democrats said they were worried that a family member might contract the virus. When asked the same question, just 40 percent of Republicans shared that concern. 

On today’s episode, we look at why partisan divides run so deep, even in the face of one of the biggest crises to confront the United States since 9/11. Don’t Touch Your Face hosts James Palmer and Amy Mackinnon are joined by Michael Miller, a Washington-based consultant who held a number of senior positions in the George W. Bush administration as an advisor on global health.

About Don’t Touch Your Face:  On the last day of 2019, China reported an unusual outbreak in Wuhan, a port city with a population of 11 million. Within two months, the disease would spread to almost every continent on the globe and kill thousands of people. From Foreign Policy, a podcast about the extent of the COVID-19 contagion, the threat it poses, and what countries are doing to contain it. Join FP’s James Palmer and Amy Mackinnon as they track the spread of the virus and explore what it means for people’s everyday lives. Have a coronavirus question for us to explore? Email it to  See All Episodes

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