Most Americans say they’d support a national lockdown in the future to curb the spread of the coronavirus — but the nation is divided on whether we’ve turned the corner on the pandemic.
In a Newsweek poll of 2,500 registered voters released Friday, 52% said they’d favor of a nationwide shutdown to halt the virus; 24% said they’d oppose or strongly oppose another lockdown.
But Americans are divided about whether the country has turned the corner on COVID-19, 38% believe the virus is under control, but 37% say just the opposite.
The poll, conducted Sept. 16-17, has a margin of error of about 2%.
In other findings, the Newsweek poll found that:
- 33% agreed the "worst is behind us"; 42% feel like the worst is yet to come.
- 43% said Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden was best placed to contain the virus; 32% said President Donald Trump would do better.
- A majority still feel unsafe using public transportation, going to the gym, attending a sports event or going to a movie theater.
- 65% said they’d feel unsafe flying; 73% said they feel unsafe taking a holiday or business trip abroad.
- 60% said they “always” wore a face covering outside of their home; 20% said they wore a face covering “most of the time.”
- 33% said the economy was a concern ahead of the election; 23% said healthcare was a concern.
- 50% back Trump as "someone who can get the economy going again.” Biden got the nod of 44% on the economy.
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