State Watch

Most voters in areas hardest hit by new coronavirus surges think states opened too quickly: poll

Most voters in Texas, Arizona and Florida, three states hit hardest by the new surge in coronavirus cases, said their states reopened economies too quickly. 

Six in 10 voters in the three states said their states reopened the economy and lifted stay-at-home restriction too quickly, according on a CBS News/YouGov poll released Sunday. 

The majority of voters who said states opened too quickly said they think it was because of pressure from the Trump administration to reopen state economies. 

In Texas, 61 percent of voters said the state reopened too quickly, based on the poll. Of those respondents, 63 percent said Texas moved too quickly because of pressure from the Trump administration. 

In Florida, 64 percent of voters said the government moved too quickly, with 68 percent of them saying it was because of Trump administration pressure.

In Arizona, 60 percent of voters said the government moved too quickly to reopen the economy, with 70 percent of them saying it was because of pressure from the Trump administration. 

The same poll found Trump is tied with presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden in Arizona and Texas. The poll found Biden leading Trump in Florida by 6 points. Biden also had overwhelming support among voters in the states who are "very concerned" about the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Texas has reported a total of 250,462 COVID-19 cases and 3,112 fatalities, Arizona has reported a total of 122,467 cases and 2,237 fatalities, and Florida has reported a total of 269,811 cases and 4,346 fatalities, based on state data.

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