Americans support closing the economy again to combat COVID-19

Americans support closing the economy again to combat COVID-19

[Ed. – Damned if we do, damned if we don’t.]

In many parts of the United States, the rising number of positive coronavirus cases threatens to slow, pause, or reverse the steps that states have taken to reopen their economies. All 50 states have reopened to some extent within the last month, but the surge of cases has led some states, such as California, Florida, Michigan, and Nevada, to reinstate restrictions that were recently lifted.

To more than a fifth of Americans (21%), jobs and the economy rank as their most important issue — second overall only to healthcare (26% of US adults say this is their top issue). But even among the 21 percent who consider jobs and the economy as their top issue, more support (56%) than oppose (38%) states closing businesses and sectors that have recently reopened over COVID-19 concerns.

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