More Than 80 Percent Support National Stay-at-Home Order Being Issued: Poll

The vast majority of Americans would support a national stay-at-home order being issued amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, according to a new poll.

The latest survey by Quinnipiac University found 81 percent of U.S. adults backed a national stay-at-home order, with 17 percent opposing the idea.

Democratic voters and Independents were more likely to support the issuing of such an order, with 95 percent of Democrats and eight-in-ten Independents approving the idea.

Republicans told pollsters that they backed the idea of a national stay-at-home order, with 68 percent supporting the idea and 31 percent saying they would oppose it.

While registering their support for a nationwide lockdown, 70 percent of polled U.S. adults also told Quinnipiac that they believed the pandemic was only getting worse.

Times Square Empty COVID-19 Pandemic
Times Square stands mostly empty as as much of the city is void of cars and pedestrians over fears of spreading the coronavirus on March 22. Spencer Platt/Getty Images

An additional 20 percent believed the coronavirus situation was staying about the same as earlier in the pandemic, and 8 percent believed the pandemic was getting better.

The new polling data published Wednesday came as the majority of states had already imposed stay-at-home orders, which require much of the country to stay at home unless they need to leave for food, medical supplies, and other essentials.

Govs. Gavin Newsom of California and Andrew Cuomo of New York were among the first to issue stay-at-home orders in mid-March. But as of Tuesday this week, eight states had still not adopted a stay-at-home policy.

All 50 states have agreed to follow social distancing rules that restrict large gatherings and close contact along federal guidelines published in March.

Asked if they approved or disapproved of the way their state governor had responded to the novel coronavirus outbreak, 74 percent of those polled said they approved.

Twenty-four percent disapproved of their governor's actions while only 2 percent said they had no view on the matter.

Approval ratings were higher out West and in the Northeast, with 81 percent of voters in the regions backing their state governors. By comparison, 68 percent of those polled in southern states were happy with their governor's reaction to COVID-19.

New York Gov. Cuomo was found to have nationwide approval for his reaction to the novel coronavirus pandemic, with Quinnipiac data showing 59 percent of those polled felt he'd done well in the hard hit state.

According to Johns Hopkins University's COVID-19 tracker, New York City alone has recorded more than 81,000 cases of the novel coronavirus and 4,571 related deaths as of Thursday morning.

Quinnipiac University surveyed 2,077 registered voters between April 2 - 6 for its latest poll. Its margin of error stands at 2.2 percentage points, according to the pollster.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Advice on Using Face Coverings to Slow Spread of COVID-19

  • CDC recommends wearing a cloth face covering in public where social distancing measures are difficult to maintain.
  • A simple cloth face covering can help slow the spread of the virus by those infected and by those who do not exhibit symptoms.
  • Cloth face coverings can be fashioned from household items. Guides are offered by the CDC. (
  • Cloth face coverings should be washed regularly. A washing machine will suffice.
  • Practice safe removal of face coverings by not touching eyes, nose, and mouth, and wash hands immediately after removing the covering.

World Health Organization advice for avoiding spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19)

Hygiene advice

  • Clean hands frequently with soap and water, or alcohol-based hand rub.
  • Wash hands after coughing or sneezing; when caring for the sick; before, during and after food preparation; before eating; after using the toilet; when hands are visibly dirty; and after handling animals or waste.
  • Maintain at least 1 meter (3 feet) distance from anyone who is coughing or sneezing.
  • Avoid touching your hands, nose and mouth. Do not spit in public.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or bent elbow when coughing or sneezing. Discard the tissue immediately and clean your hands.

Medical advice

  • Avoid close contact with others if you have any symptoms.
  • Stay at home if you feel unwell, even with mild symptoms such as headache and runny nose, to avoid potential spread of the disease to medical facilities and other people.
  • If you develop serious symptoms (fever, cough, difficulty breathing) seek medical care early and contact local health authorities in advance.
  • Note any recent contact with others and travel details to provide to authorities who can trace and prevent spread of the disease.
  • Stay up to date on COVID-19 developments issued by health authorities and follow their guidance.

Mask and glove usage

  • Healthy individuals only need to wear a mask if taking care of a sick person.
  • Wear a mask if you are coughing or sneezing.
  • Masks are effective when used in combination with frequent hand cleaning.
  • Do not touch the mask while wearing it. Clean hands if you touch the mask.
  • Learn how to properly put on, remove and dispose of masks. Clean hands after disposing of the mask.
  • Do not reuse single-use masks.
  • Regularly washing bare hands is more effective against catching COVID-19 than wearing rubber gloves.
  • The COVID-19 virus can still be picked up on rubber gloves and transmitted by touching your face.