Health concerns still prevail over Americans over economic concerns about when to reopen the economy – both what they want for the nation and what they would do themselves. Many say they have to be confident that the outbreak is over before returning to public places, and the vast majority of all partisans agree that the orders for staying at home are effective.
The health concerns may be so severe that even for those whose finances are concerned and even those who are concerned about job losses, most of them still fear that the country will open too quickly.
Sixty-three percent of Americans are more concerned about lifting restrictions and worsening the outbreak too quickly than lifting them too slowly and worsening the economy.
And what would Americans actually do if the restrictions were lifted now? Would someone show up in public places or would they be too concerned about health risks? That could be the most important factor in the economy.
Only 13% say they would definitely go back to public places in the next few weeks if the restrictions were lifted no matter what else happened to the outbreak.
Almost half – 48% – said they would not return to public places until they were confident that the outbreak was over. Another 39% are “Maybes”: they would return depending on whether the outbreak improves.
These views are not decidedly biased: most Republicans are “Maybes” at best, as are most Democrats and Independents.
Small numbers for certain things:
- Only 13% would like to go to a large sports or entertainment event.
- Only 15% would feel comfortable boarding an airplane.
- 29% would like to go to restaurants or bars.
Under half – 44% – it would be pleasant to go to a job outside the home, although 57% of the current employees would feel comfortable.
Most would like to visit friends.
When asked whether two difficult decisions should be prioritized directly for the nation, health also wins with an approximately similar two-to-one gap. Seventy percent of Americans say keeping the people at home and distancing themselves socially should continue to be the top priority for the country – even if this will affect the economy in the short term – and 30 percent say they will bring people back Should send work, even if this means an increased health risk. But that number has moved, even if it remains a large majority. It was 83% who prioritized staying at home three weeks ago.
All of this is underpinned by at least two key factors:
First, most don’t think the virus will be there for at least a few more months – in fact, fewer people believe the virus will be there soon than was thought about a month ago. And most still don’t believe that fighting the virus is going well.
Second, many Americans tell us that despite concerns about the economy and their own finances, they believe they can hold out at least a few more weeks before the financial impact of the outbreak hits them.
Forty-one percent believe they can go on for at least a few more weeks before finances become a problem, and another 17 percent don’t think they will be affected. There are a third who say they are already affected – but even for most, they say that they are more concerned that the country is opening too quickly and that the nation’s priority should be to slow the virus down .
In the meantime, most Americans believe that home orders will work across the country, a view that goes beyond the boundaries of the parties. Three out of four respondents say the measures taken to date are effective in limiting the spread of the virus across the country, including a high percentage of Democrats, Republicans, and Independents.
Americans say governors – not the president – should decide when to open
Most Americans say the governor of their state should make the decision whether to reopen the economy in their region, not President Trump or local district or city officials.
And most say that widespread testing is a necessity.
The Republicans would also rather leave the decision to their governor than to the president.
Most Americans also believe that extensive testing is needed before the country opens, although the guerrilla differences are greater in this regard. Most Democrats and Independents consider tests necessary. Republicans believe that less.
Overall, Americans generally give their state and local officials better marks for dealing with the corona virus than Donald Trump.
More than two thirds of Americans believe that their state and local officials are doing a good job, while less than half see Donald Trump the same way.
Views of the general treatment of the outbreak by the president remain below half at 48%, which has barely changed in positive territory two weeks after the start last month.
Positive ratings for government and local officials are cross-party. However, when it comes to judging the president, the partisan divisions remain strong: 55% of the Republicans say that he does a very good job, 69% of the Democrats say that he does a very bad one. Independents are divided.
Overall, most continue to think the United States is doing poorly in its efforts to deal with the outbreak, and these estimates are similar to those two weeks ago. Most also see months – not weeks – before the nation has it under control.
Most Americans are against protesters
A majority of Americans (62%) are against the protesters who have been to state capitals and recently called for state restrictions to be lifted. Americans reject from almost three to one instead of supporting them.
A little more Republicans are against it than they support.
From an ideological point of view, it is only the very conservative (neither moderate nor somewhat conservative) among whom the demonstrators find majority support – and even there it is 6 to 10.
Very few Americans – just 7% – believe that President Trump should promote these protests. Only 13% of Republicans think he should encourage them. In fact, only a quarter of the people who support the demonstrators believe that the president should promote the protests.
These views come from the fact that many Americans are still worried about possibly getting the virus and say that the priority for the country should be to continue to do business at home with the economy.
The public supports the relief of small businesses, but believes that funds go to large companies
The overwhelming majority of the public is in favor of Congress passing additional laws to fund small businesses affected by the outbreak: approval is 88%, crossing guerrilla borders by about nine in ten Democrats, Republicans and To involve the independent.
The idea of more money for small businesses may be particularly welcome, as many Americans believe that small businesses have not yet received that much money. At two to one, the public believes that federal funding has so far gone to large rather than small companies.
Democrats are independent and are particularly inclined to believe that the money was used more for large companies, and Republicans are divided.
Congress is not currently in Washington, and most Americans, regardless of party affiliation, believe Congress should return to Washington immediately to try to deal with the crisis.
Neither Congress nor the President are seen by the majority as good at dealing with the outbreak. Forty-one percent say Congress does a good job, 59 percent says a bad one. Democrats, Republicans and Independents largely agree on this. This 41% is a relatively lower number for the Congress dealing with the outbreak than the 48% of the President.
This CBS News poll was conducted by YouGov using a nationally representative sample of 2,112 U.S. citizens who were interviewed between April 20 and 22, 2020. This sample was weighted by gender, age, race, and education based on the United States’ Bureau of the Census community survey, 2016 presidential election, and registration status. The error rate is +/- 2.5 points.