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Americans Uncommonly Unified in Support for COVID-19 Precautions Amid Calls to Reopen Economy

May 18, 2020

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Voter Study Group Research Director Robert Griffin Joins Yahoo Finance to Discuss American Perspectives on Safety, Economics, and Politics During the Pandemic

While campaign and media narratives highlight strong partisan differences in Americans’ reactions to the pandemic and prospects of reopening state and local economies, Democracy Fund + UCLA Nationscape weekly polling suggests Americans are largely aligned: “North of 80% of both Democrats and Republicans are worried about what’s happening right now with COVID-19,” said Robert Griffin in a May 15 interview on Yahoo Finance. Data also indicates that Americans are likely to proceed with caution as restrictions lift — engaging first in personal activities, such as meeting with friends, that are less likely to have an economic impact.

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