A majority of Americans are unhappy with the U.S. coronavirus response compared to how other countries are handling the pandemic, according to a new poll.
A NPR/Ipsos poll released Tuesday indicates wide support for a single, national strategy to combat the virus.
“We’ve come to a pretty dire place when it comes to both the death toll and the spread of coronavirus across the country,” said Mallory Newall, a pollster with Ipsos. “Americans, as they grapple with the reality of just how grave the situation is, they’re looking for sweeping, really broad, powerful action here.”
Poll results show:
- 66% of Americans say the U.S. is handling the coronavirus outbreak worse than other countries.
- 85% of Americans support allocating government funding to expand COVID-19 testing that is free of charge.
- 83% of Americans back providing a coronavirus vaccine to the public for free once it is developed.
- 83% of Americans support federal funding for the manufacturing of protective equipment and testing supplies.
- 76% of Americans say they are OK with a state law mandating masks be worn in public.
- 62% of Americans support a single, national strategy for reopening businesses.
- 60% of Americans say they want to see a single, national strategy for reopening schools.
- 55% of Americans say they support a travel ban between states.
Sixty-six percent of Americans who were surveyed say they prefer school to start remotely and 69% said Americans should be given the option to work from home, if possible, until a vaccine is available.
“It’s clear from this poll Americans want to do everything in their power to limit the spread of the virus,” Newall said. “That means sweeping federal government action.”
The poll surveyed 1,115 Americans between July 30-31. The margin of sampling error is plus or minus 3.3 percentage points.
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