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Gallup Poll: Americans Increase Social Distancing Practices

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By    |   Tuesday, 24 March 2020 05:39 PM

Americans have boosted their efforts in the past week to practice social distancing in response to the coronavirus, according to a Gallup poll released Tuesday.

Seventy-two percent of American adults said they are avoiding public places such as stores and restaurants, a significant jump from the 54% reporting this last week.

Gallup said the greater adherence of the public to precautions is notable, because it demonstrates the efforts by national and state officials to press the importance of such measure to the population is working.

Other results from the survey indicate:

  • The largest percentage shift has been in those avoiding small gatherings of people, which has shot up 22 percentage points to 68% from only 46% in last week's poll.
  • 93% of Americans are avoiding events with large crowds, up from 79% who were doing to so last week.
  • Those who say they are staying away from air travel or mass transit has gone up to 87% from 75% last week.

These findings are based on polling conducted by web using the Gallup Panel, a probability-based panel of U.S. adults, aged 18 and older. Gallup has been tracking social distancing practices nightly by Americans on the Gallup Panel since March 13, and is reporting the findings in multiday averages.

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