Poll: Plurality of voters prefer rolling back reopening amid COVID-19 surge

A plurality of registered voters say they prefer scaling back reopening if coronavirus cases increased in their area, a new Hill-HarrisX poll finds.

Forty-five percent of voters over all in the July 3-4 survey said they wanted a slowdown of their area's reopening plans if coronavirus cases began to rise, while 33 percent said a complete lockdown was necessary until cases decreased.

Fifteen percent said they wanted their area to continue reopening regardless of the amount of cases and 7 percent said they were unsure.

The survey results comes as areas in the South and western United States have seen a surge in coronavirus cases. In particular the states of Texas, Arizona, California and Florida have become COVID-19 hot spots, and some of these states have averaged close to or over 10,000 new infections per day. 

The survey found 43 percent of voters in the South and 45 percent of voters in the West prefer their area to slow down the reopening process if cases rise, while roughly 35 percent of voters in those regions said complete shutdowns were necessary.

While majorities of Republican and Democratic voters said they preferred scaling back or complete lockdowns if cases in their areas increased, the poll found a gap among voters who said they preferred their area reopen regardless of a surge.

One-third of Republicans said they would prefer their area to continue reopening as planned regardless of the number of cases.

By contrast, 5 percent of Democrats said the same.

The Hill-HarrisX poll was conducted online among 933 registered voters between July 3 and 4. It has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.2 percentage points. 

Gabriela Schulte