As some states are opening up and others are reviving strict gubernatorial mandates, such as California and Washington, a new Rasmussen survey reveals, “Three quarters of Americans (76%) continue to say their families have not experienced a positive diagnosis.”
According to Rasmussen, 21 percent of American adults say they, or someone in their immediate family, have been diagnosed with the virus. That is up 10 percentage points since late July.
The main concern, it appears, is that while the numbers of people positively testing for the coronavirus have been climbing, “there has been little perceived change in how states are handling lockdown restrictions,” Rasmussen said.
Forty-eight percent of survey respondents say their state is reinstating earlier restrictions because of a new surge, while 37 percent say their state is “continuing to ease” restrictions.
But there is a political storm brewing. In California, far left Gov. Gavin Newsom is getting blistered by reports that he recently violated at least two of his COVID-19 mandates while attending a birthday party earlier this month with at least a dozen other people. This was after he told his constituents to “interact with members of their own household,” according to Fox News.
Up in Washington State, Democrat Gov. Jay Inslee is also taking heat for reinstating widespread mandates that are already being blamed for the permanent closing of dozens of bars and restaurants in Seattle—where he got most of his political support Nov. 3 returning him to office for a third term—and for creating problems for other businesses, including grocery stores, according to the Seattle P-I.com.
In New York, it was a bizarre scene that found liberal Democrat Gov. Andrew Cuomo engaging in a shouting match with reporters as he insisted New York City public schools would not be shutting down. Moments later, New York Mayor Bill De Blasio ordered the schools closed, according to Fox News.
Fox was also reporting that Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz will likely be shutting down restaurants, bars and fitness centers for a month beginning Friday as COVID-19 deaths have climbed. The Minneapolis Star Tribune reported takeout service at bars and restaurants will continue.
But people are angry and frustrated, especially in the wake of announcements that at least two vaccines have been developed. With people still out of work and small businesses closing their doors as the holiday season looms, there are a lot of unhappy people across the map and elected officials will be taking the heat, regardless whether they were just re-elected.
Newsom was raked over the coals by the Sacramento Bee for his misadventure at the party, held at the Franch Laundry restaurant.
“We certainly hope Gov. Gavin Newsom and his wife, Jennifer Siebel Newsom, enjoyed their dinner at the Michelin-starred restaurant on Nov. 6,” the newspaper editorialized. “Because it will end up costing a lot more than $700 in terms of damage to Newsom’s credibility in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic. Nothing will launder the stain of stupidity from his reputation after this ill-conceived outing.”
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