Via WaPo, not what I would have expected.
There are lots of things driving that result, I’d guess. One is plain old-fashioned fear. Most doctors, including Anthony Fauci in testimony today before the Senate, are palpably concerned about a second wave triggered by reopening prematurely. That’s bound to influence workers, even ones who really need the money.
Two is the fact that many laid-off employees don’t actually need wages right now, as they’re getting beefed-up unemployment benefits from their federal and state governments. Although be careful about putting too much stock in that as an explanation: In this poll 60 percent said they’ve received benefits but 40 percent have not, yet nearly 80 percent think government should prioritize stopping the spread over reopening. It’s just not the case that everyone who’s leery of going back to work at the moment is living large on the taxpayer dime. And to the extent that unemployment might seem momentarily more attractive than employment, remember that that’s partially by design during phase one of the epidemic. One way to slow the spread is to take pressure off of people to crowd into workspaces before it’s reasonably safe to do so.