WASHINGTON — Our latest NBC News poll continues to show an enormous divide in opinion by how Americans get their news — either conservative media, liberal media, social media and those who still get their news from broadcast TV and newspapers.
Check out these numbers:
Biden job approval
- All adults: 49 precent
- Among those who get their news from conservative media: 24 percent
- Among those who get news from liberal media: 69 percent
- Among those who get news from newspapers/broadcast TV (not cable or social media): 60 percent
- Among those who get news from social media: 47 percent
Approval of Biden’s Covid handling
- All: 53 percent
- Conservative media: 30 percent
- Liberal media: 73 percent
- Newspapers/broadcast: 63 percent
- Social media: 50 percent
Approval of Biden’s economic handling
- All: 47 percent
- Conservative media: 24 percent
- Liberal media: 65 percent
- Newspapers/broadcast: 52 percent
- Social media: 46 percent
Approval of Biden’s Afghanistan handling
- All: 25 percent
- Conservative media: 12 percent
- Liberal media: 37 percent
- Newspapers/broadcast: 29 percent
- Social media: 20 percent
Fauci favorable rating
- All: 40 percent
- Conservative media: 17 percent
- Liberal media: 57 percent
- Newspapers/broadcast: 56 percent
- Social media: 33 percent
- All: D+1
- Conservative media: R+56
- Liberal media: D+45
- Newspapers/broadcast: D+19
- Social media: D+2
Already received Covid vaccine
- All: 69 percent
- Conservative media: 60 percent
- Liberal media: 79 percent
- Newspapers/broadcast: 78 percent
- Social media: 65 percent
Worst still to come with Covid
- All: 42 percent
- Conservative media: 34 percent
- Liberal media: 56 percent
- Newspapers/broadcast: 44 percent
- Social media: 41 percent
Jan 6 was act of terrorism
- All: 52 percent
- Conservative media: 29 percent
- Liberal media: 69 percent
- Newspapers/broadcast: 58 percent
- Social media: 52 percent
It’s a chicken-or-egg question: What came first — the media Americans are getting that are informing their views?
Or did they already have these views first — and they decided to get their news from them as a result?
Or it is a combination of the two?
Profound — and fatal — consequences
Regardless of what came first, this news silo-ing also has profound — even fatal — consequences during a pandemic.
Look at these additional numbers, per the MTP Daily team. (Note: the Covid numbers come from the New York Times county data, as of Wednesday night.)
Highest infection rates
County/Cases Per 100k/2020 margin
- Cook, Ga. — 303 (Trump +40)
- Pierce, Ga. — 238 (Trump +75)
- Crockett, Tenn. — 233 (Trump +54)
- Wayne, Miss. — 225 (Trump +27)
- Hancock, Miss. — 220 (Trump +56)
- Clarke, Miss. — 218 (Trump +30)
- Dimmit, Texas — 217 (Biden +24)
- Berrien, Ga. — 211 (Trump +67)
- Tift, Ga. — 210 (Trump +34)
- Brantley, Ga. — 209 (Trump +81)
- Emanuel, Ga. — 202 (Trump +39)
- Clay, Ky. 202 — (Trump +77)
- Prentiss, Miss. — 200 (Trump +58)
- George, Miss. — 193 (Trump +77)
- Magoffin, Ky. — 191 (Trump +54)
- McIntosh, Ga. — 190 (Trump +21)
- Lanier, Ga. — 189 (Trump +42)
- Jones, Miss. —188 (Trump +42)
- Columbia, Fla. — 187 (Trump +45)
- Glynn, Ga. — 186 (Trump +23)
- Dodge, Ga. — 186 (Trump +46)
- Pearl River, Miss. — 185 (Trump +64)
- Perry, Miss. — 185 (Trump +53)
- Del Norte, Calif. — 185 (Trump +16)
- Marion, Tenn. — 185 (Trump +51)
- Lauderdale, Tenn. — 182 (Trump +28)
- Ben Hill, Ga. — 175 (Trump +26)
- Hardee, Fla. — 172 (Trump +45)
- Jackson, Ky. — 171 (Trump +79)
- Knox, Ind. — 171 (Trump +47)
Fastest growing infection rates
County/14-Day Increase/2020 Margin
- Mackinac, Mich.: +2,643 percent (Trump +24)
- Meade, S.D.: +1,540 percent (Trump +48)
- Lawrence, S.D.: +1,520 percent (Trump +31)
- Butte, S.D.: +1,050 percent (Trump +58)
- Mineral, W.V.: +718 percent (Trump +57)
- Emery, Utah: +717 percent (Trump +74)
- Washington, Idaho: +700 percent (Trump +58)
- Poweshiek, Iowa: +700 percent (Trump +13)
- Taylor, Wisc.: +650 percent (Trump +47)
- Page, Iowa: +571 percent (Trump +43)
When you put together these two different sets of numbers — the political differences by media, the Covid infection rates — it tells quite the story.
Data Download: The numbers you need to know today
26,203: The number of new coronavirus cases Florida reported Wednesday, yet again breaking its single-day case record (which was most recently set on Aug. 12).
38,393,932: The number of confirmed cases of coronavirus in the United States, per the most recent data from NBC News and health officials. (That’s 167,681 since yesterday morning.)
636,221: The number of deaths in the United States from the virus so far, per the most recent data from NBC News. (That’s 1,524 since yesterday morning).
364,842,701: The number of vaccine doses administered in the U.S., per the CDC. (That’s 926,909 since yesterday morning.)
51.7 percent: The share of all Americans who are fully vaccinated, per the CDC.
62.7 percent: The share of all American adults at least 18 years of age who are fully vaccinated, per CDC.
13,400: The approximate number of people evacuated from Afghanistan on Wednesday.
12,000: The number of additional Covid deaths under the Cuomo administration that new Gov. Kathy Hochul acknowledged yesterday.
6: The number of years in prison a man involved in the kidnapping plot against Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer was sentenced to serve on Wednesday.
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A new Wason Center poll shows Democrat Terry McAuliffe leading Republican Glenn Youngkin by 9 points among likely voters in Virginia’s upcoming gubernatorial contest, 50 percent to 41 percent.
That margin is higher than other polls of this race have found, which typically have had McAuliffe ahead by 2-4 points.
The Democratic candidates for lieutenant governor and attorney general are leading their GOP opponents by, respectively, 10 and 12 points.
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