Partisanship is the strongest predictor of coronavirus response

Shana Kushner Gadarian, [Associate Professor] Sara Wallace Goodman, and Thomas Pepinsky — political scientists at Syracuse University, UC Irvine, and Cornell respectively — have just released the results of a survey of 3,000 Americans on a wide range of “health behaviors, attitudes, and opinions about how to respond to the crisis.” (The survey was done March 20-23, a week after the initial declaration of emergency.) Their survey design has allowed them to isolate the effects of different variables on attitudes and behaviors. Here’s how they summarize the results: … Partisanship is a more consistent predictor of behaviors, attitudes, and preferences than anything else that we measure.