Shock Poll: Majority of Republicans Undercount Coronavirus Death Toll by Tens of Thousands

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A solid majority of Republicans undercount the current U.S. death toll from COVID-19 by tens of thousands of lives, according to a new poll.

According to an Economist/YouGov poll released Thursday, the overwhelming majority of Americans — 65 percent — placed the expected U.S. death toll from the coronavirus for the entire year in the same range as the official confirmed death count, or higher.

Respondents were asked “How many Americans, in total, do you think will have died this year due to complications from COVID-19?”

Despite the fact that the confirmed death toll was at around 195,000 when the poll was taken, 18 percent of respondents placed the eventual death toll for
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