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  • At least 40 percent of voters said they strongly support a national quarantine, while 34 percent said they somewhat support the idea.
  • Nearly 20 percent were somewhat or strongly opposed to such a quarantine.
  • The poll also found most voters believe social distancing recommendations will end within the next two months.

As President Trump seems eager to have large parts of the United States business sector open by Easter, a new poll shows voters are widely in support of a national lockdown. 

In a poll of nearly 2,000 registered voters by Morning Consult/Politico taken March 20-22, 74 percent of voters support a national quarantine, limiting activities except essential trips, such as trips to the grocery store and the pharmacy. 

At least 40 percent of registered voters said they strongly support a national quarantine, while 34 percent said they somewhat support the idea. Just 19 percent said they were somewhat or strongly opposed to the national quarantine. 

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Democrats are more firmly in favor of a national quarantine, with 81 percent saying they support the measure. A majority of Republicans, 72 percent, and independents, 69 percent, are also supportive of a nationwide quarantine. The survey has a margin of error of 2 percentage points. 

The poll also found few voters were optimistic in regards to when social distancing in the U.S. will end, with just 6 percent saying it will end in the next two weeks and 20 percent expecting to return to public spaces in the next month. While 27 percent predicted it will be at least two months, another 27 percent believed it could last longer than that. 


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The poll was taken as several states and cities have enacted stay-at-home orders requiring nonessential businesses to close and people to remain in their homes except for limited purposes as a way to curb the spread of the virus. 

Trump on Tuesday said he would like to see businesses reopen and restrictions such as stay-at-home orders eased by Easter Sunday, April 12, in order to get the economy on track. 

Democratic and Republican governors, as well as local officials, have pushed back against that timeline, warning ending strict social distancing practices could put millions of lives at risk and exacerbate the coronavirus pandemic. Meanwhile, Dr. Anthony Fauci, the head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), said the president’s timeline for lifting restrictions should be “flexible.”

The National Security Council and National Guard have rejected reports a plan for a national shutdown is being considered, and whether the administration has the legal authority to do so is debatable, according to Morning Consult. 


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Published on Mar 25, 2020