Poll: Plurality says coronavirus restrictions should remain where they are now moving forward

Most voters believe states should keep coronavirus restrictions the same as they are now moving forward, a new Hill-HarrisX poll finds.

Forty-five percent of registered voters in the Sept. 10-14 survey said states should use the same amount of restrictions while dealing with the pandemic. 

By contrast, 34 percent of those surveyed said there should be more restrictions while 20 percent said they want states to have fewer restrictions in place.

The poll found large discrepancies based upon a respondent's party affiliation.

Republican voters were 29 percent more likely than Democratic voters to say coronavirus restrictions should be lessened, at 37 percent and 8 percent respectively. 

Eighteen percent of those who identified as independents agreed that restrictions should be lessened.

Meanwhile, almost half of Democratic respondents believe states should issue more restrictions in the days ahead as the country continues to grabble with growing virus cases and deaths. 

The Hill-HarrisX poll was conducted online among 3,758 registered voters between Sept. 10-14. It has a margin of error of plus or minus 1.6 percentage points.

Gabriela Schulte