Glenn Beck - Shock poll: most support government assistance

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GLENN: There you go. So you can ask Glenn anything today on Friday, get your voice on the air. I want to -- one of the listeners called and asked me a couple of questions on something last hour and we started to get into this Fox Dynamics poll, and this shows really how much trouble we're in in America. Universal food. Should the government provide food for every person? 68% say yes. Healthcare, 66%. Housing, 52%. Job, 51%. 51% say everybody should be provided a job that wants one. This, gang, is socialism. People haven't been taught why socialism is bad.

Now, let me go through some of the other numbers in the Fox dynamics poll that I don't think you're going to hear elsewhere. Have you personally tried to reduce your household or personal spending because of a concern of this economy? Back on October of 2001, 32% said yes. October, a month after September 11th, October through 2001, 32% said yes. Today 79% have reduced their spending because what they think is coming. Does the current economic situation in the United States make you feel more anger or more fear? These numbers we have to watch. We have to -- and I'm going to ask them if they will continue to trend these, this particular number because this is disenfranchisement. More anger or more fear. Democrats, 32% anger, 43% fear. Republicans, 30% anger, 45% fear. Independents, 30% anger, 34% fear. The Democrats are more angry than the Republicans but, you know, within a couple of -- within two points. So it's margin of error. But I bet you those numbers on anger are going to go up, and where it's going to come from is I don't know because if I had to ask which one I am, now it's more anger, but I think it's going to become more fear. Well, maybe not. I don't -- I don't know. We'll watch these numbers.

A year from now do you think the economy will be recovering or will the country be in deeper recession? Democrats say the economy will be recovering 78%. Republicans say the economy will be recovering, 45%. Independents say it will be recovering by 60%. Boy, I hope you're right.

Does the government have a responsibility to rescue failing financial institutions? Democrats say yes, they do, 40%. 54 are opposed. Republicans, 17%, 81 opposed. Look at this number. The Democrats oppose it by 54%, are for it by 40%, yet apparently the evil fat cat Wall Street Republicans are against the bailout by 81%. Boy, it's amazing how the media spins the truth, isn't it? If you and your family were to fall on hard times, who would you likely turn to for help? Democrats, 15% say government. 6% of Republicans say government. Independents, 8%. Democrats, 64% say family, Republicans 73% family, independents 56% family.

Here's what I found interesting. If I said to you which one is going to lean on their church or religious organization, who would you say would lead that path? Democrats, 4% are going to turn to their church, Republicans 8%, and independents 16%. Even at 16%, that's shockingly low. President Obama wants the White House to take greater control over the census bureau which traditionally has reported solely to the commerce department. The results of the census affect the balance of political power in congress and the distribution of federal funds and therefore the census bureau is typically managed by nonelected officials. Do you think it's inappropriate or appropriate for the White House to take greater control of the census? Democrats say it's 46% appropriate. Republicans say it's 76% inappropriate. Independents, 63% inappropriate. And here is an amazing question, these three: In general do you think most corporate CEOs are honest, in general do you think most corporate CEOs are honest and ethical. Democrats say 73%, no, they're not. Republicans, 68%, no, they're not. In July of '02 the Fox opinion poll people asked that same question, it was 54% said they didn't think that they were honest and ethical. Now that number is 73% combined.

In general do you think most officials in this country are honest and ethical? That number is -- remember 73% combined for CEOs. Only 63%. 63% say no, they're not when we're talking about congress or elected officials. And here is the growing disenfranchisement that I've been talking to you about. Overall would you say you generally trust the federal government or not? For the first time in my life I don't trust the government, and it didn't start with Barack Obama. It started with George Bush, and it's only compounding and moving faster in the wrong direction under Barack Obama. Am I alone? Do you trust the federal government? June '02, 54% of the American people said, yeah, I do. Today that number is 41%. In June '02 only 36% said "I don't trust the government." 36%. Today 54% say no way, I don't trust them. 43% of Democrats don't trust the government. 63% of Republicans don't trust. And independents, 59% don't trust the government. Growing disenfranchisement.

Glenn gives the latest coronavirus numbers, updating YOU on everything needed to know as Americans and officials monitor China's new COVID-19 virus:

Daily Stats as of 5:30 AM CT (from John's Hopkins)

  • Total Confirmed Cases Worldwide: 799,995 (up from 735,135 Yesterday)
  • Total Confirmed Deaths Worldwide: 38,735 (up from 34,807 Yesterday)
  • Total Confirmed Recovered Worldwide: 169,995 (up from 155,950 Yesterday)
  • 5% of Active Cases are considered serious (requiring hospitalization) Steady from 5% Yesterday, but down from 19% high back in February
  • Note that 11% of US Confirmed Cases require Hospitalization, roughly on par with Italy at 12% requiring hospitalization
  • US has 164,359 Confirmed Cases and 3,173 Deaths, up from 142,746 cases and 2,489 deaths Yesterday
  • The United States of America now leads the world in total confirmed cases, with 63,000 more cases than Italy (although Italy leads the world in Deaths with 11,591 officially dead)
  • US has 3,173 Dead vs 5,507 Recovered and 3,512 in Critical Condition
  • The US Currently has 155,679 Active Cases of COVID-19, with less than 0.6% of the total US population tested
  • 15% of Americans who have been tested have been diagnosed with COVID-19
The Moment of Trump's Conversion: Dr Anthony Fauci Takes Full Responsibility
  • Dr Anthony Fauci, the Chief Medical Advisor to the coronavirus task force, explained on CNN that Trump listened and "got it right away" after being shown new data projecting as many as 3 Million deaths in the US if COVID-19 mitigation policies were lifted.
  • Fauci also said Trump's "first goal is to prevent suffering and death" and this was part of the reason why he knew the COVID-19 guidelines should be extended.
  • "You know, interestingly, we showed him the data, he looked at the data and he got it right away, it was a pretty clear picture," according to Fauci.
  • "Dr. Debbie Birx and I went in together and leaned over his desk and said 'Here is the data, take a look.'
  • Trump reportedly looked at them, understood the implications and he shook his head and said 'I guess we got to do it.'
  • "Medically, this is the right decision, and I stand behind it 100%," Fauci said.
  • "From a public health standpoint, we felt strongly that it would have been the wrong decision to pull back," Fauci said. "I mean, we are scientists, physicians, public health officials. We're not economists. We're sensitive to the idea that the economy could suffer, but weigh that against tens of thousands, hundreds of thousands of American lives."
  • " was patently obvious looking at the data that at the end of the day if we try to push back prematurely, not only would we lose lives, but it probably would hurt the economy as well. So you would lose on double accounts. So, to us, there was no question what the right choice was."
Washington DC, Virginia, Maryland Join States Issuing House Arrest Orders
  • Maryland and Virginia became the latest states on Monday to enact "stay-at-home" mandates amid the coronavirus outbreak, except for essential travel for work.
  • Virginia's order is in effect until June 10, making it one of the longest statewide mandates implemented so far.
  • Maryland's penalties for violating its order are among some of the strictest in the country, including a $1000 fine, and up to 30 days jail time for repeat offenders.
  • In total, more than 210 Million Americans now effectively live under some form of House Arrest or Shelter In Place type orders, with another, 50 Million facing travel or shopping/eating restrictions.
  • Only 6 states have not closed schools.