Over 20% of Dems, MSNBC/CNN-watchers significantly overstate COVID mortality rate

Over 20% of Dems, MSNBC/CNN-watchers significantly overstate COVID mortality rate
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[Ed. – Interestingly, those who don’t watch cable news at all did about as well as, and in some cases better than, watchers of Fox and Newsmax.  It’s probably fair to say that the sheer amount of coverage COVID gets on news channels, even when information is accurate, leaves the impression that it’s a bigger source of societal trauma than it is — including being a driver of mortality.]

In a survey of 1,000 U.S. American adults conducted on August 26 and 29, 2021 by Rasmussen Reports, respondents were asked “What percentage of people diagnosed with COVID-19 do you think have died from the disease?” According to Johns Hopkins University, the COVID-19 case-mortality rate – the percentage of diagnosed patients who have died from the disease – is 1.6% in the United States.

Fully 64% of regular CNN viewers and 62% of those who rely on MSNBC news overestimated COVID mortality, compared to 50% of Newsmax followers and 56% of Fox News fans.

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According to Rasmussen analysis …

“Perhaps because of different choices in news media consumption, Democrats are significantly more likely than other Americans to overestimate the death risk from COVID-19. Twenty-eight percent (28%) of Democrats think more than 10% of people diagnosed with COVID-19 have died from the disease – more than five times the actual mortality rate. Just 14% of Republicans and the unaffiliated believe the COVID-19 mortality rate is over 10%.”

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