Higher than I would have expected, and surprisingly bipartisan. Eighty-one percent of Democrats somewhat support a national lockdown (in which only essential travel to places like the grocery store and the pharmacy are permitted) versus 72 percent of Republicans. It’s actually independents, at 69 percent, who are most skeptical. There are also more people who “strongly” support a national quarantine than “somewhat” support it among both Dems and GOPers.
The American people have been sold pretty quickly on the strategic benefits of social distancing despite the massive economic pain that that’s inflicting.
But to say they’re onboard with a lockdown isn’t to answer the question of how long they’ll be onboard. It can’t go on forever. The “get back to work” advocates are right that we need to get back to work. Soon. Morning Consult asked about that too, to see what sort of time horizon people are imagining for the end of “social distancing” and a return to public spaces (which isn’t the same thing as a national quarantine). Results: