Tuesday, July 7, 2020

Abbott's Going AGAINST Public Opinion on COVID

"As for God, His way is perfect;
The word of the Lord is proven;
He is a shield to all who trust in Him.
Psalm 18:30

Yesterday, we mentioned Greg Abbott's political standing in the new Trib poll. The whole thing is worth exploring deeper. But the TL,DR version is that the trend is bad, although it has a way to go before it's fatal.

For our purposes, however, consider the following data points on COVID:

  • Fewer Texans were concerned about both the spread of the Coronavirus in their communities, and about contracting (or a family member contracting) the virus in the latest poll than they were in April. The share of Texans who reported being “extremely” or “very” concerned about the spread of the coronavirus in their community decreased from 54% in April to 47% in June.

  • The share of Texans who reported that they were only leaving their residence when they “absolutely” had to saw a dramatic decrease from 63% in April to 37% in June. Those who reported “living normally, coming and going as usual” increased from 9% to 19%.

  • Texans are far from unanimous in their willingness to submit to practices necessary to implement a contact tracing program.
Again, the full picture is somewhat complicated.  But while Texans remain wary of COVID and willing to voluntarily curtail some activities, they're getting awfully sick of politicians telling them what to do.  Yet, despite public opinion moving in his direction, Abbott panicked.

Bottom Line: This is one of the most mind boggling unforced errors in recent memory.

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