Majority Of Americans Support Closing Down Economy Again Over Coronavirus Spike: Poll

A majority of Americans say that they support closing the economy again due to concerns over the novel coronavirus pandemic, according to a new poll.

The poll, which was conducted by The Economist/YouGov, surveyed 1,500 adults from July 5 to July 7. The poll has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.2 percentage points.

According to the poll, 57 percent of respondents said they support closing state economies again, with 34 percent saying they strongly support and 23 percent saying they somewhat support it.

In comparison, the poll found that 32 percent say they oppose closing down the economy again, with 15 percent saying they somewhat oppose and 17 percent saying they strongly oppose. The remaining 11 percent of respondents said they were not sure.

The poll's findings come as cases of the novel coronavirus continue to increase across the country, forcing a number of states to roll back or even pause the reopening process. The rise in cases in states like California and Arizona has prompted governors to halt their phased reopening plans, while other states like Texas and Florida have taken slightly different precautions and have imposed stricter restrictions, such as banning the sale of alcohol at bars, in an effort to curb the spread.

The poll also found that a majority of Americans believe it is likely coronavirus cases will increase as a result of many states reopening large portions of their economies.

According to the poll, 77 percent of respondents say that it is likely coronavirus cases will increase, with 51 percent saying very likely and 26 percent saying somewhat likely.

On the other hand, 16 percent of Americans believe that reopening state economies won't result in an increase in coronavirus cases, with 10 percent saying not very likely and 6 percent saying not likely at all. The remaining 8 percent said they were not sure.

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A customer wearing a face mask is seen order takeout at Mayor's Cafe Restaurant that have to redesign their layout due to COVID-19 pandemic on July 07, 2020 in Miami Lakes, Florida. A new poll shows that a majority of Americans support closing down state's economies again. Johnny Louis/Getty

Additionally, the poll found that 47 percent of Americans believe that the coronavirus pandemic is going to get worse, while 20 percent say that we are currently living in the worst part and 19 percent saying the worst part is behind us.

A separate poll, conducted by NBC News/Survey Monkey, found that a majority of Americans, 63 percent, say that they believe businesses are reopening too quickly. This poll surveyed 44,557 U.S. adults from June 29 to July 5 and has a margin of error of plus or minus 1 percentage point.

The new coronavirus, which causes the respiratory disease COVID-19, continues to spread throughout the U.S. According to a tracker provided by Johns Hopkins University, there are currently over 3 million confirmed cases of the novel virus as well as at least 131,666 deaths in the United States.