More Americans say they are getting takeout, using curbside pickup: Gallup

More Americans say they are getting takeout, using curbside pickup: Gallup
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More Americans say they are getting takeout from restaurants and are using curbside pickup from stores amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, according to a Gallup poll released Tuesday.

The poll found that takeout and curbside pickup remain at the top of the list of low-contact services Americans report using amid the pandemic and has seen a large reported uptick in usage from surveys taken by Gallup in late March.

Forty-four percent of respondents said they have picked up takeout from a restaurant in recent weeks, according to the poll conducted May 11-17, which is an 18 point increase from the 26 percent who said the same in a poll conducted March 23-April 5. 

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Similarly, 36 percent of those surveyed said they used curbside pickup at a store in the latest poll, which is 17 points higher than the 19 percent of respondents who said the same in the late March poll. 

The poll also found that 27 percent of respondents said they had a virtual visit with a doctor, a 15 point uptick since the March poll, and 23 percent said they had food from a restaurant delivered, a 10 point increase from March.

The number of Americans who said they had groceries or medical supplies delivered was only slightly higher than in March, at 14 percent of respondents compared to 11 percent, as did those who reported having medicine or medical supplies delivered, at 9 percent compared to 4 percent. 

The results come as many states are starting to lift restrictions to varying degrees put in place to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus. Still, across the country dine-in services and shopping remain limited with most states placing restrictions on the capacity businesses can serve even in areas where such businesses are allowed to reopen. 

The Gallup poll is based on self-administered web surveys conducted from May 11-17 with a random sample of 4,117 adults that are members of the Gallup Panel. The poll has a margin of error of plus or minus 3 percentage points.