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People in pro-Trump countries three times more likely to die of COVID

People living in pro-Trump counties have been three times more lively to die from COVID than those living in pro-Biden areas

  • People living in counties that favored former President Donald Trump during the 2020 election have been nearly three times more likely to die of COVID-19 
  • National Public Radio released a report Sunday that showed how political polarization and misinformation is leading to COVID deaths
  • The outlet found that in counties that voted 60 per cent or more for Trump the death rate was 2.7 time higher than counties that voted similarly for Biden 
  • In October, the reddest tenth of the country had a death rate six times higher than the bluest tenth of the country 
  • Additionally, NPR found that the higher the vote share for Trump, the lower the vaccination rate 


People living in counties that heavily favored former President Donald Trump during the 2020 election have been nearly three times more likely to die of COVID-19 than those living in pro-Biden counties. 

National Public Radio released a report Sunday that showed how political polarization and misinformation is leading to deaths in the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.  

NPR looked at data starting in May 2021, when the COVID-19 vaccines became widely available, and found that in counties that voted 60 per cent or more for Trump the death rate was 2.7 times higher than counties that voted as heavily for now President Joe Biden.  

Counties that voted more than 60 per cent for former President Donald Trump saw a death rate from COVID-19 nearly three times higher than counties that similary supported President Joe Biden. Trump is photographed at the June 2020 Tulsa rally, held amid the coronavirus pandemic 

Counties with an even bigger vote share for Trump, saw even higher COVID-19 mortality rates. 

This October, the reddest tenth of the country had a death rate six times higher than the bluest tenth of the country, Charles Gaba, an independent health care analyst, told NPR. 

In recent weeks those numbers have dropped, but the disparity still remains at ‘around 5.5 times higher,’ Gaba said. 

Additionally, NPR found that the higher the vote share for Trump, the lower the vaccination rate. 

Republicans are now the largest group of unvaccinated individuals in the United States.  

‘An unvaccinated person is three times as likely to lean Republican as they are to lean Democrat,’ Liz Hamel, the vice president of public opinion and survey research at the Kaiser Family Foundation, told NPR. 

‘If I wanted to guess if somebody was vaccinated or not and I could only know one thing about them, I would probably ask what their party affiliation is,’ Hamel added. 

Biden held socially distant car rallies through the 2020 campaign. This year, counties that voted for him had a significantly smaller death rate and a higher COVID-19 vaccination rate, National Public Radio found

Biden held socially distant car rallies through the 2020 campaign. This year, counties that voted for him had a significantly smaller death rate and a higher COVID-19 vaccination rate, National Public Radio found  

While Republicans have always made up a higher share of the unvaccinated, by October GOP-leaning Americans made up 60 per cent of the unvaccinated, versus 17 per cent of Democrats and 17 per cent of independents, Kaiser Family Foundation polling found.   

Polls also show that Republicans are more likely to mistrust official sources of information and then are exposed to misinformation – which can have deadly consequences. 

Ninety-four per cent of Republicans surveyed believe or are unsure about at least one false statement about COVID-19, Kaiser Family Foundation research found. 

Breaking it down further, 46 per cent of Republicans believed four or more false statements about COVID-19 and the vaccines, while 48 per cent believed between one and three false statements. 

By comparison, 14 per cent of Democrats believed more than four false statements about COVID, while 48 per cent of Democrats believed between one and three false statements. 

During his time in office, Trump frequently downplayed the deadliness of the virus, mocked mask-wearing and held crowded rallies through the summer and fall of 2020.

He did, however, get vaccinated against the disease in January before leaving office, but didn’t get the shot in front of the television cameras.  

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