The pandemic pandemonium is driving liberals batty. SurveyUSA recently released a poll containing an interesting battery of questions concerning self-described mental states induced by the coronamindvirus. The differences by political orientation are stark. Percentages who say they are anxious:
Who say they are depressed:
Who say they are angry:
Who say they are afraid:
Who say they are calm:
For conservatives, it’s corona and chill.
Calm Con: What goes well with coronavirus?
Panicked Prog: … (Stern expression of disapproval)
Calm Con: Lyme disease!
Panicked Prog: That’s not funny. You’re laughing, you’re laughing. People died today.
Calm Con: I know. Death smiles at us all. All a man can do is smile back.
A few plausible reasons for this being so:
– The political dynamic. While alternative media was covering the outbreak in Wuhan weeks before the corporate media picked up on it, the corporate media still managed to beat Trump to the punch. The more severe the crisis, the more damaging for the president, so Republicans will try to downplay it while Democrats will seek to sensationalize things.
– Psychological differences tracking political ones. Liberals score higher on neuroticism than conservatives do. Snowflakery is stale, but stereotypes don’t materialize from nothing. Liberals tend to be less emotionally resilient than conservatives. This has benefits when it comes to sympathizing with others, but it can become debilitating when the going gets tough.
– Viral hotspots. They’re mostly in blue states–New York, New Jersey, California, Washington–and within those blue states, they’re concentrated in the bluest parts of the states, New York City being ground zero. Red America has, at least as of this posting, hardly been directly impacted by coronavirus. It has had to deal with second-order effects like sheltering-in-place and not being able to go out to eat, but it hasn’t experienced overflowing emergency rooms or seen maxed out morgues.