Polls explore different issues surrounding COVID-19
UPDATED 2:11 PM PT — Friday, May 15, 2020
Multiple polls have looked into how Americans are feeling during these uncertain times.
According to a new Gallup poll, the number of people who practice strict social distancing has gone down. The results showed 58 percent of those questioned were still completely or mostly self-isolating, down from 75 percent during the peak of social distancing.
Researchers notably found that the decline is not only happening in states that are loosening restrictions, but also in those still under lockdown orders.
“If people want to quarantine, quarantine,” stated one Wisconsin resident. “If you don’t want to quarantine, don’t quarantine, go out (and) do what you normally do.”
The percentage of people who reported they have recently visited a public place, such as work or the grocery store, has also gone up. However, the number of those going to restaurants has stayed the same.
This comes despite concerns still circling about the availability of COVID tests in the United States. The latest ABC News/Ipsos poll found that while the number of those who are worried they may have caught the virus has declined since April, a strong majority of Americans believe there is a lack of testing.
Nearly three quarters of those surveyed reported anxiety over insufficient testing, with 90 percent identifying as Democrats.
A Washington Post/Ipsos poll revealed a majority of those going to work fear contracting COVID-19. Nearly six out of 10 Americans are reportedly worried they may be exposed to the virus at work and bring it back to their home.
Interviews with those surveyed suggested fears are focused around mass transportation, as well as interacting with coworkers and clients. The survey was the first nationally representative poll to highlight how employers are protecting employees. It reported eight out of 10 Americans have said safety precautions are being taken where they work.
“We want to do something, everybody wants to work, but we want to take every precaution also,” said one businesses owner. “It’s a little scary, but we’re ready.”