July 29, 2021: Looking back over the past year or so, 55% of voters agree that, “Despite good intentions, shutting down businesses and locking down society did more harm than good.” A Scott Rasmussen national survey found that 38% disagree, and 7% are not sure.
Those totals include 34% who strongly agree and 20% who strongly disagree.
Like other pandemic-related topics, there is a partisan divide. Most Republicans (76%) and independents (51%) agree that the lockdowns did more harm than good. However, most Democrats (57%) disagree.
There is, however, a divide within the Democratic Party. White Democrats, by a 65% to 32% margin, reject the idea that lockdowns did more harm than good. Black Democrats and other Democrats are evenly divided.
During the pandemic, government officials exercised emergency powers to enact lockdown and stay-at-home orders, mask mandates, and other restrictions on businesses and individuals. The survey found that 62% are worried that many government officials will try to continue exercising such powers.
Once again, there is a partisan divide and a divide within the Democratic Party. White Democrats, by a 57% to 39% margin, are not worried about government officials keeping too much power. Black Democrats, by a 64% to 27% margin, are worried.
Scott Rasmussen is founder and president of the Rasmussen Media Group. He is a political analyst, author, public speaker, independent public opinion pollster and columnist for Creators Syndicate. Read Scott Rasmussen's Reports — More Here.
- ScottRasmussen.com, "55% believe lockdowns did more harm than good; 38% disagree," July 27, 2021
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