Poll: 8 in 10 voters believe social distancing has been an effective tool against coronavirus

About eight in ten voters agree that social distancing measures have been an effective way to slow the spread of the coronavirus, a new Hill-HarrsX poll finds. 

Seventy-nine percent of registered voters in the new survey said they believe social distancing has effectively slowed the spread of COVID-19, while 21 percent said the restrictions have made no difference in delaying the outbreak.

The poll found consensus across demographic groups including among partisans.

Democratic voters were more inclined to believe the measures were effectively slowing COVID-19, at 85 percent.

However, Republican and independent voters' support for the measures were not far behind, with about 75 percent of each group saying that they believed social distancing was effective. 

Despite the partisan agreement in the May 6 survey and previous Hill-HarrisX surveys on the matter, reopening the country has become an increasingly polarizing issue.

As the nation tries to slow the spread of coronavirus, social distancing efforts have resulted in record high job loss.

While some states are entering phase one of the reopening process, anti-lockdown protests — some of them armed — persist in areas where restrictions have yet to be lifted. 

"When you start getting really high level and get into very general arguments, you start to getting into very polarizing slogan-driven perspectives," Dr. Prabhjot Singh, physician and health systems expert, told Hill.TV.

Lawmakers at both the state and federal level are grappling with the question of when to reopen state economies fearing economic devastation, resurgence of the coronavirus or both. 

"Folks especially in public health and economics all basically agree that health and economics feed each other in both directions. You need a job to have good health, you need good health to have a job," Singh added. 

The Hill-HarrisX poll was conducted online among 957 registered voters on May 6. It has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.17 percentage points. 

Gabriela Schulte