A new study has ranked states by how they have handled the coronavirus pandemic and its subsequent restrictions and lockdowns, showing a stark contrast between liberal and conservative states.
The Committee To Unleash Prosperity study compared state performance on metrics such as the economy, education and mortality from the virus, and examined how states and their respective governments have handled the response to the pandemic.
“Closing their economies and their schools has been by far the biggest mistake made by governors and state officials during COVID, especially in blue states,” said Committee to Unleash co-founder Steve Moore. Prosperity at Fox News Digital. “We hope the results of this study will persuade governors not to close schools and businesses the next time we have a new variant of the virus.”
New York, California, New Jersey and Illinois were among the worst in the fight against the coronavirus, performing “badly on every measure”, according to the report.
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These states “had high age-adjusted death rates; they had high unemployment and large GDP losses, and they kept their schools closed much longer than almost any other state,” the report adds. .
States like Utah, Nebraska, Vermont, Montana, South Dakota and Florida – all governed by Republicans – received the highest scores in the study, from first to sixth, respectively. In fact, 13 of the top 15 states in the study are governed by Republicans. (Montana had a Democratic governor until the 2020 election.)
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The study also found no correlation in states that enacted strict travel, vocation and dining restrictions with lower death totals.
“The study verifies other studies that found that foreclosure of businesses, stores, churches, schools and restaurants had almost no impact on health outcomes in any state,” the report determined. . “States with strict lockdowns had virtually no better performance on COVID death rates than states that remained mostly open for business.”