Michael Tesler, UCI associate professor of political science writes, “Why would Republicans be more concerned about Ebola than the coronavirus when the latter is obviously such a greater physical and economic threat? A lot of that can be explained by the power of partisan messages. Political science research has long shown that partisan messages have a big influence on public opinion. When party leaders take diverging positions on issues, the public usually follows their lead — especially on new and complex issues like the respective threats from Ebola and covid-19.”
Republicans were more concerned about Ebola than they’ve been about coronavirus. Here’s why.
The Washington Post, March 27, 2020
March 27, 2020