Amid coronavirus surge, fewer Americans ready to resume daily activities: poll

Americans are weary of returning to daily activities if some health restrictions were lifted amid rising coronavirus cases across the country, according to a new poll.

Forty-four percent of respondents said they would send their child back to school if "restrictions were lifted on the advice of public health officials," according to a survey from the Democracy Fund + UCLA Nationscape Project that was conducted the week of July 9.

That's down 4 points from another poll conducted in June.

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The latest poll finds that 58 percent of Republicans said they would send their child back to school, compared to 35 percent of Democrats and 37 percent of independents who said the same.

Forty-four percent of survey respondents also said they would attend a religious service under the same conditions, down 5 points from June, according to a survey conducted the week of July 16.

Fifty-nine percent of Republican respondents said they would attend a religious service, compared to 33 percent of Democrats. 

The most significant drop was among those who said they felt comfortable having dinner at a friend’s house amid the pandemic. In July, 59 percent said they would, a drop of 8 percentage points from June.

Among partisan voters, 70 percent of Republicans said they would have dinner at a friend’s home, compared to 42 percent of Democrats.

A sharp divide also emerged between the parties in other activities. Forty-six percent of Republicans said they would fly in an airplane under the conditions, compared to 26 percent of Democrats. Sixty-seven percent of GOP voters surveyed said they would attend a funeral, compared to 26 percent of Democrats.

COVID-19 cases and fatalities are spiking in states across the country. Arizona, Mississippi and Florida each recorded a record one-day increase in coronavirus deaths on Thursday

The Nationscape Insights analysis is a project from the Democracy Fund, UCLA and USA Today.

The later July poll surveyed 5,698 Americans between July 16 and 22. It has a margin of error of plus or minus 2.2 percentage points. The earlier July poll was conducted between July 9 and 15, and it surveyed 6,291 Americans. It has a margin of error of plus or minus 2.1 percentage points.

The June poll was conducted the week of June 11 to 17, polling 6,897 Americans. The margin of error is plus or minus 2.1 percentage points.