This is nothing short of terrifying. A new ABC/Washington Post poll is out. Unsurprisingly, coronavirus is the fault line that the country is split along. Also unsurprising, but nevertheless chilling, is the fact that a large portion of this country is deluded into thinking that things are just fine, with respect to coronavirus. And those people are voting for Donald Trump.

What this boils down to is half the country is running on truth and half on disinformation — or maybe not half and half, but a substantial amount of people are totally in the dark, willfully in the dark, and are casting ballots from that position. That is why I used the word terrifying.

This is way beyond a partisan difference of opinion. This is a basic disagreement about what’s real vs. what’s not. We have never seen that before in this country. Many comparisons have been made between Trump and Nixon, but back in the Watergate era, there was not one news network claiming that the Watergate break-in never happened, or if it did, that it was engineered by a Democratic billionaire with nefarious motives. You get the idea.

I do not pretend to know what happened in this country, to make a large percentage of people prefer conspiracy theory and tabloid-level infotainment over basic facts, but the only reason Trump got elected in the first place is because that’s where we are. A great many people believed his fire hose of falsehood in 2016. Donald Trump has been waging a war on truth his entire life. He sold his freak show act to a large enough percentage of the American people, and that, coupled with Russian bots and a devastatingly effective 25-year-long disinformation campaign on Hillary Clinton, put him where he is. Some Trump voters have come to their senses, hopefully a majority. Maybe that’s too hopeful.

This graph is disturbing because it corroborates the fact that the United States is a shockingly dumbed down and uninformed country. We may have been a great nation at one point — hell, we were the first nation to send men to the moon. History will record that America was an exceptional country in its prime. History will also record the erosion of the educational system, the pernicious effect of television upon attention span and critical thinking skills, and how right-wing media like Fox News came to pollute the airways with partisanship mislabeled as news.

The graph is also shocking because the facts are so plainly out there. Even if a person would totally distrust all American media to report the truth, fine, go to the Toronto Star or the Guardian, or any number of other credible outlets all over the world. The facts are plain that we have the highest death toll from COVID-19 of any nation in the world. How even one sane person could think that this situation is “somewhat under control” or “completely under control” is beyond comprehension.

Donald Trump lives in a Tower of Babel constructed of lies. Every day he layers on yet more. Yet despite the obviousness of that fact, here’s another graph that appeared in a recent CBS poll.

This strikes me as apocalyptic. I can only pray that the better angels of our nature prevail and that, despite the attempted sabotage of the post office, Trump is resoundingly defeated in 78 days. My God, how did we get this stupid?

 

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17 Comments on "New Poll Proves How the Dual Narratives On COVID-19 Are Tearing This Country Apart"

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Bareshark
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As I see it, those polls only show who’s going to be too crippled or buried to be much of a political force by November, grist for the manmade third of COVID 19 we’ve been hearing about. My fear of humans will never dwarf my fear and respect for the disease that they leave themselves open to.

Denis Elliott
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It’s distressing. No doubt about it. However, I don’t see Trump himself as the underlying cause but instead maintain it’s basic human nature. Accepting Trump’s candidacy or what he’s done in office is the inciting incident so to speak but something inherent in human nature makes people susceptible to someone like Trump. Whether it’s MAGA goobers who really believed all the populist stuff and “draining the swamp” or the more coldly transaction beliefs of those who held their noses under the firm belief he’d give them their tax cuts, or their RWNJ judges & Justices (or both) but wouldn’t do… Read more »
p j evans
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I suspect that if they’d also been asked where they got their news, the Trumpistas would report Fox and the RWNJ sources.

dana fairfield
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Because you cannot trust the MSM, doncha know? These same idiots trust Hannity, et al. Also “the media” is their kneejerk excuse, even when the link is C-span.

Bareshark
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And for that mistake in judgment, they will pay for it with their health, grief over lost loved ones or lives.

Meg Corrigan
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pj, no doubt! Or no news at all. Or just what “someone” told them or they heard at the grocery store/bar/church social.

Concinnity
Guest

Two ‘competing’ narratives.

1.Truth, reality, and facts
2.Lies, spin, and make believe.

But sure, let’s hear ‘both sides’.

Power up
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Next up after Trump is dragged out of the oval office.

Q.

You haven’t seen bat shit crazy yet.

Bareshark
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Yes we have. There’s just more to come.

blueman
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I can’t find this last poll on 538’s national general election polls. Biden is ahead in all and it runs from 4% on some C poll a week or so ago to 17%.

Bareshark
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Leaving a polling average of eight points ahead overall. While that’s good, maybe we should make it better.

chris whitley
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This is very true. I see it all the time. You have trump bootlickers falling all over themselves to get their message out. The problem is that you don’t have as much on the other side giving rebuttals. I know it would get tiresome to keep trying to get these morons to see the truth but they need to keep at it. As time goes along trump himself is bragging about his accomplishments. He just admitted to a federal crime. You have an opportunity to make a play against him. And you will have Barr when he tries to block… Read more »
Bareshark
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The minute he loses and it becomes obvious how badly is the minute most of the tongue bath ends.

anastasjoy
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I’m not sure what the “who do you expect to win” poll is about. If it’s just a general survey of voters, this doesn’t surprise me because people on the left are inveterate doomsayers and often depart from reality on things like this because they’re afraid to believe what is plain to see.