The double shock of the virus and financial meltdown has further sharpened partisan divides in the states. Wisconsin and Michigan were home to the highest percentage of people saying their state governments were overreacting to the crisis, according to a survey conducted by researchers at Harvard, Northeastern and Rutgers Universities last month.
Overall, however, the public has remained solidly behind governors who are urging caution, giving them high marks for their performances while their assessments of Trump’s handling of the outbreak sag.
And private surveys conducted by both parties and described to POLITICO show concerns about the virus and health care running ahead of worries over the economy.
In interviews, public health officials across the states said that while the infection data is trending in the right direction in many areas, there are concerns about stubborn hot spots and a broader rise in cases and deaths as cities and states begin to reopen businesses.