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August 28, 2020 at 12:25 AM EDT
Wealthy nations applaud their leaders’ covid-19 responses. The U.S. and U.K. are the exceptions.
A poll of 14 developed nations found majorities in most countries were pleased with how their governments had handled the coronavirus pandemic. More than 9 out of 10 respondents in Australia and Denmark said their countries have done a good job.
But there were two countries where a majority thought otherwise: the United States and Britain.
In the United States, 52 percent said they thought their government had done poorly, and 54 percent in Britain said the same.
Among U.S. respondents, 77 percent, a far higher share than in the other countries surveyed, said the pandemic had heightened political divisions. Spain came in next, at 59 percent.
High levels of division are unexpected during a crisis and could affect the fight against the novel virus, experts say.