Social distancing plateaus despite increased concerns about coronavirus: Gallup
© Getty Images

The number of Americans who say they "always" practice social distancing when outside has apparently reached a plateau in recent Gallup polls even as concerns about the coronavirus are becoming more widespread.

A Gallup poll released Monday found that 39 percent of Americans say they "always" conform to social distancing guidelines when leaving the house, a number that has risen by just 3 points since earlier this month. The number is also far less than the number of Americans who said they were following such guidelines in the early days of lockdown procedures.

A majority of Americans has not admitted to practicing social distancing since May, confounding health experts' attempts to control the spread of the virus, according to Gallup.

ADVERTISEMENT

The percentage of those who say they "sometimes," "rarely" or even "never" practice social distancing is also higher than previous months, with 27 percent of Americans telling Gallup they fall into that category.

The largely flat trend line for social distancing comes even as 48 percent of Americans, the highest percentage since the pandemic began, now say they believe the coronavirus outbreak in the U.S. to be getting worse, not improving.

An all-time high percentage also now believes that the COVID-19 crisis will last for the remainder of 2020 and possibly into 2021; 64 percent of Americans now hold that view, up from 16 percent in March.

Gallup's survey contacted 3,803 U.S. adults living in all 50 states. The margin of error in the poll is 3 percentage points.