AP Poll: Majority of Americans support state, local governments’ measures to prevent spread of COVID-19

CHICAGO, Illinois — A new poll from the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research shows the majority of Americans support the decisions taken by state and local governments to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

According to the poll, which surveyed 1,057 adults nationwide on April 16, few people think it will be safe to lift restrictions anytime soon.

Research found that more Americans approved of how their state and local governments responded to the virus in comparison to the federal government and Congress.

“Assessments of the federal government’s performance were driven by partnership,” researchers said.

The poll found 60 percent of Republicans approved the federal government’s handling of the virus, compared to 25 percent of Democrats. Meantime, Democrats highly rated both state (73 percent) and local governments (71 percent), compared to Republicans (59 percent and 58 percent).

In terms of Congressional response, Republicans and Democrats rated their performance about the same.

The poll found that, overall, 61 percent of those polled believe the restrictions in place are about right, while 12 percent said they go too far and 26 percent say they don’t go far enough. According to the research center, Republicans are more likely to feel the restrictions go too far, but a majority of both Republicans and Democrats fell they are about right.

The poll’s full findings can be found here.

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