The New York Times
A new analysis shows how political divisions impacted attitudes toward restrictions
In a new analysis, a team of researchers provided some of the first hard evidence of how the political divide drove behavior amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The research team, led by James Druckman, a political scientist at Northwestern University, found that the average Democrat "is more worried, is more likely to have changed behaviors and is more supportive of policies to stop the spread of infections than the average Republican," although there were substantial overlaps in attitudes. The research team, which included Samara Klar from the University of Arizona and scientists from Stony Brook University and the University of Pennsylvania, determined that in the hardest hit areas, these differences shrank.