With states beginning to slowly reopen their economies amid the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis, most Americans are still exercising extreme caution as businesses open their doors.
A new Quinnipiac University poll of 1,323 Americans nationwide between Thursday, May 14, and Monday, May 18 gauged what is going to be considered “new normal” due to the COVID-19 outbreak.
The poll found that 75 percent of voters believe the country should take a slow approach to reopen, even if it has a negative impact on the economy.
However, 21 percent are emphasizing the economy over public health, saying that the country should reopen quickly, even if it makes the COVID-19 spread worse.
A majority (55 percent) think it's safe to go to a workplace outside their home, while 39 percent say it's unsafe.
Asked what they think is safe to do right now, regardless of individual state restrictions:
- 74 percent think it's unsafe to get on an airplane, while 23 percent say it's safe;
- 62 percent think it's unsafe to go to a restaurant, while 37 percent say it's safe;
- 50 percent think it's unsafe to go to a barbershop or hair salon, while 48 percent say it's safe;
- 49 percent think it's unsafe to go to a clothing store, while 49 percent say it's safe.
"Reopen slowly, even if we are rolling the dice on how it will affect the economy, say three-quarters of American voters," Quinnipiac University Polling Analyst Tim Malloy said. "As far as sending kids off to college, hopping on an airplane, or getting a haircut, there are reservations."
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