Most voters believe that the coronavirus pandemic is currently “out of control” in the United States, according to a new poll.
The Quinnipiac University poll released on Thursday found that 59% of those surveyed said that the virus is out of control compared with 35% who said they think the coronavirus is “under control.” The poll found a stark partisan divide on the matter, with 95% of Democrats saying it is out of control compared with only 23% of Republicans.
An even larger majority of the 1,426 likely voters questioned said that they think “everyone should be required to wear face masks in public,” with 67% agreeing with that sentiment compared with only 30% who don’t think there should be mask mandates. Thirty-nine percent of Republicans polled said they support public mask mandates, as did 95% of Democrats.
Fifty-seven percent of those surveyed said that they disapprove of the way that President Trump has handled the coronavirus pandemic, with 87% of Republicans expressing approval compared with 4% of Democratic likely voters. A majority (55%) of those queried said that they think Joe Biden would do a better job handling the country’s coronavirus response.
The coronavirus pandemic has resulted in the deaths of more than 222,000 people in the U.S. and 1.1 million people worldwide. There has been a recent surge in new cases of COVID-19, with the New York Times reporting a 32% increase in new infections over the past two weeks and a 9% increase in deaths during that same period of time.
Trump and Biden face off on Thursday night in their final debate before Election Day. “Fighting COVID-19” is one of the topics that will be addressed in six 15-minute segments during the debate.