An extensive poll just release by The Economist/YouGov of 1500 Americans, 1,222 of which were registered voters. The polling took place from July 19-21, 2020. The poll showed 68% of Americans feel the country is headed in the wrong direction and that number increased to 73% among women. When taking into account party affiliation, 50% of Republicans, 69% of independents, and 82% of Democrats felt the country was “on the wrong track.”
Also to come out of the poll, a large majority of Americans feel the race relations in the country are “bad”. Overall, 69% of Americans felt that way while 84% of blacks and 66% of Hispanics felts the same.
Then the poll turned to COVID-19 and found that 88% of respondents wear a mask in public. And it showed that it didn’t matter much whether you are Republican, Independent, or Democrat, the overwhelming majority of Americans are wearing masks in public. Meanwhile, 70% of Americans feel wearing a mask in public should be forced up the citizenry by the government in public places.
85% of Republicans, 85% of independents, and 93% of Democrats wear masks in public. Similarly, the overwhelming majority of Americans either have been personally affected financially or know someone whose work has been affected negatively because of COVID-19.
The poll changed though when asked if respondents knew of anyone who had lost their job completely, where only 50% said they had and 52% said they had not. So, while a large majority of Americans knew someone or had been personally affected by hours or income reduction, the number of Americans who fully lost their job or were temporarily laid off is about half of the workforce. For those who remained working regardless of if their hours or income had been reduced, the poll found 60% were now working from home.
As for those who know someone who has contracted COVID-19, only 28% knew someone and 2% said they themselves had contracted the virus. 46% stated they are not worried or only slightly worried about contracting COVID-19, while 64% were somewhat or very worried about contracting the virus. The older generation was less worried about contracting it than younger Americans. For those 65 years and older, 61% were somewhat or very worried about contracting COVID-19, while those between 30-44 years old were 73% somewhat or very worried.
Then the respondents were asked when they felt businesses would “reopen as normal.” 55% felt is would be several months to over a year while 13% felt it is safe to reopen now. When it came to choosing between the health or the economy, it was a 60/40 split in favor of protecting against COVID-19. 70% of Americans feel it will take the economy at least a year or more to recover while 24% felt it would happen in the next six months. And unless a vaccine is available, 61% of Americans feel the economy is not ready to fully reopen.