Poll: Most say states reopened too quickly

A Pew Research poll shows 69% of U.S. adults think governments lifted COVID-19 restrictions before they should have.

A majority of U.S. adults say states have reopened too quickly. That’s according to a survey conducted by Pew Research Center July 27 through August 2.

While 69% of respondents said they are concerned that state governments lifted restrictions on public gatherings too quickly, there is a small number of people (30%) who believe the opposite – that states haven’t reopened quickly enough.

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There is a divide along ideological lines. Those who identify as Republican or “Lean Republican” are more likely to believe the rise in COVID-19 cases is due to an increase in testing while Democrats or those who “Lean Democrat” say the increase is due to rising infections.

There is one thing most people agree on: Fewer infections will improve the economy. Nearly three-quarters of respondents (73%) said the best way to help the economy recover is to reduce the number of infections so more people feel confident about going to schools, restaurants, stores, and workplaces.

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