April 16, 2020: The latest Scott Rasmussen national survey suggests that voters are interested in a broader discussion about how to re-open American society. Voters were asked to consider what should be prioritized when the lockdown ends.
- Fifty percent said that allowing people to gather in small groups at someone's home should happen right away.
- Thirty-five percent said that churches and other religious gatherings should be opened right away.
- Re-opening retail stores was also seen as a top priority by 35%.
- Thirty-one percent said the same about schools.
- Just 21% thought re-opening bars and restaurants should happen right away.
- Only 14% thought allowing major league sports events and stadium concerts should be a top priority.
These results suggest that voters are interested in the broader questions of re-opening society, rather than narrow concerns about the economy. That's not surprising since 23% say that the biggest impact they've felt from the pandemic is boredom, depression, and isolation. Thirty percent cited loss of income as the biggest impact.
Additionally, even the re-opening of retail stores may reflect something more than economic concerns. Many people have experienced difficulties obtaining needed supplies during the pandemic — everything from food to health care items. Opening retail stores may be seen as a way to help address those concerns.
There are significant partisan differences in priorities. The most dramatic concerns the re-opening of churches and religious services. Forty-seven percent of Republicans believe that should be a top priority while only 29% of Democrats agree.
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- ScottRasmussen.com, "50% say top priority should be letting people gather in homes," April 15, 2020
- Just the News, "Americans far more worried about loss of income than health during pandemic, poll finds," April 8, 2020
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