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A Poll — America & the Reopening of the Economy

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, June 2, 2020

We’re all worried about the economy and about jobs. Most of us are also really tired of being cooped up in our homes most of the time. Even worse, the poll says close to 60% of us say the coronavirus outbreak has caused severe stress in our communities.

While there are big pressures to reopen states and reopen the economy, a Washington Post - ABC News poll says a very high percentage of us would rather see the pandemic controlled first.

Then we can move to open the economy back up.

Question: What do you think is more important — trying to control the spread of the coronavirus, even if it hurts the economy, or trying to restart the economy, even if it hurts efforts to control the spread of the virus?

Adults overall
    * 57% control the spread
    * 37% restart the economy

    * 81% control the spread
    * 14% restart the economy

    * 27% control the spread
    * 66% restart the economy

    * 59% control the spread
    * 35% restart the economy

Women — by a two-to-one margin — say controlling the spread of the virus should be a higher priority. Men are split down the middle on the question. For African Americans — who have been hit hardest by the disease — the spread is 75% to 25% on controlling the virus first.

When it comes to going to stores, restaurants and other public places “the way you did before the coronavirus outbreak.”

    * Overall, 58% of Americans say it is too early
    * 66% of Republicans want to resume doing so
    * 40% of Independents are up for that
    * 20% of Democrats support the idea

When it comes to the disease:

    * 42% know someone who has been diagnosed
    * In March that figure was 11%
    * 63% of us worry that we, or a family member, will contract the disease

Of those worried about catching or a family member catching the virus:

    * 75% say it is too early to go to stores, restaurants or public places
Of those less worried:

    * 70% say they are willing to go back to normal

Question: How do you feel about a possible second wave of coronavirus infections in the fall — are you very worried, somewhat worried, not too worried, not worried at all?

    * 32% very worried
    * 36% somewhat worried
    * 16% not too worried
    * 15% not worried at all
    * 1% no opinion

Question: How would you describe the economic impacts of the coronavirus on your community — would you say the economic impacts have been very severe, severe, moderate, or less than that?

Adults overall
    * 59% severe
    * 39% moderate or less

    * 63% severe
    * 36% moderate or less

    * 57% severe
    * 41% moderate or less

    * 58% severe
    * 39% moderate or less

When it comes to how our governors and the president did:

    * Overall 66% approve
    * 69% of those with Republican governors approve
    * 63% of those with Democrat governors approve
    * 46% approve of how President Trump handled the crisis
    * Trump scored a 57% positive on giving help to people who needed it
    * 54% said he did well in getting loans to help small business

On unemployment:

    * 58% say the extra $600 a week needs to be extended
    * 35% say it needs to end in July as planned
    * Republicans — at 60% — say it needs to end in July
    * The figure for Democrats is is 75% to extend
    * 60% of independents want it extended

Source link: The Washington Post

Tags:  Coronavirus poll  opinion  pandemic  The Washington Post-ABC News 

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