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  • Seventy-five percent of Americans report taking steps to quarantine.
  • These figures vary based on demographics like political party and if the respondent is currently working.

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Approximately 75 percent of U.S. residents are self-isolating in their households at some level, according to new Gallup data. Isolating oneself at home is one of the best ways individuals can combat the spread of the coronavirus and is being enforced across the country. 

In a random sample of 3,876 U.S. adults registered in the Gallup Panel database, 28 percent reported “completely” self-isolating, while an additional 47 percent reported “mostly” isolating themselves from people outside their households. 

This new high of 75 percent that report undergoing self-quarantining measures has jumped significantly from March 16, where only 51 percent reported the same levels of isolation.

A minority of respondents are not taking recommended steps to quarantine as the U.S. reports surges in COVID-19 cases. Some 16 percent of polled Americans report being “partially” isolated, and another 6 percent report isolation “a little.” 

A slim 3 percent reported not isolating at all. 

Digging deeper into that data, underlying demographics can explain some respondent answers. 

Residents in urban areas, like New York City or Los Angeles, are more likely to take self-quarantining precautions.


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Residents of urban areas (84 percent) are more likely than those living in suburbs (79 percent) and rural areas (67 percent) to say they are completely or mostly isolated from people outside their home,” Gallup concludes.

Additionally, Americans who are not working at this time registered an 84 percent likelihood to report isolation, compared to those who are currently working at 69 percent. 

Political identification plays a factor in a respondent’s likeliness to self-quarantine as well. 

Gallup found that Democrats are most likely (84 percent) to report being either completely or mostly isolated from people outside their home. 

Republicans and Independents are 66 percent and 73 percent likely to isolate themselves at the same levels, respectively. 

These efforts appear to be working; health officials recently said that the death toll in the U.S. could be significantly lower if more Americans take action to self-isolate and socially distance. 


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Published on Apr 08, 2020