COVID-19: Two-thirds of Americans would favour fresh month-long lockdown ─Study

*Over 60 percent Americans think the government has right to impose a lockdown, but 27 percent consider a one-month state lockdown as a violation of constitutional rights

Isola Moses | ConsumerConnect

Would you favour your state instituting a one-month COVID-19 lockdown? If you’re like most Americans, you would, according to a new study by YouGov.

The research by YouGov polled nearly 13,000 adults in the United States (US), and found that the majority of them (64 percent) were in favour of their state instituting a fresh one-month lockdown in order to limit the spread of the devastating Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

However, the study finding revealed that 29 percent are against it while seven percent are undecided.

As regards lesson the US can learn from Europe, it is recalled that several European countries recently instituted temporary national lockdowns to prevent a rise in COVID-19 cases, and it seems to be working, according to reports.

France, Belgium, Czech Republic, and Wales all reported declines in the number of new Coronavirus cases.

Whereas Europe’s plan seems to be working its magic, the United States is experiencing record numbers of Coronavirus cases.

Do Europe’s signs of progress beg the question if the U.S. states should reconsider more lockdowns here as well? That depends on who you ask.

The tug of war between conservatives and liberals didn’t end at the ballot box on Election Day, and it certainly is in full force on the lockdown question.

The study finding also found that an overwhelming majority ─ 87 percent ─ of Democrats say they are in favour of a one-month statewide lockdown, as do 58 percent of Independents.

On the flip side, only 30 percent of Republicans would favour a lockdown versus 64 percent who would oppose such an initiative.

Other interesting breakouts from the study include the women are more likely than men to say they would support a temporary lockdown ─ 67 percent vs. 59 percent, respectively.

Most Americans polled (60 percent) think the government has the right to impose a lockdown, but 27 percent consider a one-month state lockdown as a violation of constitutional rights.

The sub-metric to this is also political, with Democrats giving a thumbs-up to a lockdown and Republicans giving a thumbs-down.

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