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Despite Protests, Americans in Financial Distress Largely Affirm Shutdowns

May 21, 2020

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Despite Protests, Americans in Financial Distress Largely Affirm Shutdowns

Robert Griffin and Mayesha Quasem of Democracy Fund Voter Study Group Examine Assumptions Underlying Protests of Pandemic Restrictions in The Washington Post’s Monkey Cage

Are lost jobs and income driving the highly visible protests of shutdowns and social distancing orders? It’s a common explanation, but the data doesn't support it. In weekly, widespread opinion surveys conducted by Democracy Fund + UCLA Nationscape, clear majorities of Americans — including those facing financial distress — support business closures and other precautions against the spread of COVID-19. Robert Griffin and Mayesha Quasem present findings in this May 19 piece for The Washington Post’s Monkey Cage.

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