Hi. Welcome to On Politics, your guide to the day in national politics. I’m Lisa Lerer, your host.
Lately, I’ve been thinking a lot about how un-unifying this pandemic feels.
Typically, national crises bring the country together in a moment of shared sacrifice.
That’s not what seems to be happening now. Republican-led states, like Georgia and Tennessee, are pushing to reopen earlier as states with Democratic governors, like Michigan, Virginia and New York, maintain more restrictive stay-at-home orders. Polling, always a lagging indicator of public opinion, is starting to reflect that schism: Two in five Republicans nationwide now say that the restrictions are causing more harm than good, an increase from last month.
The reality, of course, is that pandemics are pernicious things….