While the trend is up for all three partisan groups, the fact that there is a 47-point gap between Republicans and Democrats is still surprising.
Why? Well, for starters, last September, President Biden (the leader of the Democratic Party) said the following: "The pandemic is over. We still have a problem with COVID. We're still doing a lot of work on it. But the pandemic is over." Moreover, mask-wearing is clearly almost non-existent in most public places these days. It seems like—at long last—life is getting back to "normal".
And yet, 1,862 Americans died of COVID-19 in the past week—and 2,923 have been hospitalized for COVID. So, how should we feel as a society about the pandemic? As usual, those Independents in the middle seem to have it right—COVID may not be an existential crisis anymore, but it's still here.