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POLL: Nearly 60% of Americans Support Stay-at-Home Orders, 32% Want to Reopen Economy

The country isn’t ready for business as usual.

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New polling from NBC/WSJ suggests that Americans aren’t yet ready to send the nation’s workers back to jobsites and offices, instead preferring to prioritize public health in the midst of the national coronavirus epidemic.

The NBC poll queried 900 voters across the country, 58% of whom said that they were worried the nation was going to reopen the economy too soon. Conversely, 32% of poll respondents said they were worried that the federal and state governments are going to begin returning to normalcy too late, causing unnecessary damage to the national economy.

Solid majorities of Democrats and Independents are cautious of going back to normal too soon, and a narrow plurality of Republicans are more worried about the economy.

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A debate over the effects of the national coronavirus shutdown has become increasingly prevalent in U.S politics, but the poll suggests that public opinion is largely in support of prioritizing public health.

President Trump has indicated that the federal government is looking at May 1 as a tentative date to begin a gradual reopening of many American economic institutions and industries, although some states still won’t be ready at that date and will devise a reopening plan of their own accord.

Late March polling from Morning Consult showed that a great majority of 74% supported a national quarantine, although clearly the situation has evolved since then and economic concerns have become slightly more prescient.

Policy makers who move to rush a transition away from quarantine run the risk of seriously alienating a clear majority of the general public, and potentially putting public health at risk.

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Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti: It’s Time to Cancel “Everything”

Full lockdown.

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Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti sternly instructed residents of his city to cease all outgoing activities of everyday life, citing the county’s dismal coronavirus prospects, which he states are worse than what the nation’s second-largest city faced in March.

It’s time to hunker down. It’s time to cancel everything. If it isn’t essential, don’t do it.

Los Angeles County officials enacted a full coronavirus shutdown for three weeks last week, strictly limiting permissible activities and placing the county in a lockdown similar to those utilized across the country at the onset of the coronavirus pandemic in March. Cases, hospitalizations and deaths are spiking, and county officials are concerned the city’s medical system is unprepared to accommodate a surge in coronavirus cases similar to that seen in New York earlier in the year.

Black Lives Matter protestors have staged nightly protests outside of Garcetti’s house demanding special privileges for individuals charged with felonies. However, the Mayor’s emergency order exempts protest gatherings from restrictions, placing them in the same category as congregating for religious services.

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Garcetti was seen congregating in a group of chanting BLM demonstrators earlier in the year. Angelenos can only hope that their neighbors will execute greater discretion in the interest of public health and saving lives than their mayor has.

 

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