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Pew Research went to Twitter with one of its latest explainer charts, showing that, according to the headline, Republican states are just not reducing their COVID deaths as fast as Democrat-controlled states.
The chart, as it turns out, is one of several in a Pew story about how Democrat states are experiencing the most COVID-19 cases and deaths — but that’s not what their headline says on the graph the group featured on Twitter.
Without the context of the story, viewers might not pause long enough to see that the reasons that the deaths are not dropping as fast in Republican-controlled states is because those states have not had as serious a problem with the coronavirus as their Democrat counterparts.
Here’s how MRAK’s resident statistician explained how Pew came up with its conclusion — by ignoring the early data when the cases were rising in Democrat-controlled states and only focusing on deaths since April 25: