Polling Shows the Majority of Americans Support Stay at Home Restrictions

May 7, 2020

Coronavirus Tracking Update

Overview

As states continue exploring reopening measures, the latest numbers from the Firehouse Strategies and Optimus Analytics coronavirus tracking survey show 81% of likely voters support the current stay at home restrictions. Our numbers also show Congress’s approval rating on coronavirus slipping below the 50-point mark at 49%, just barely higher than Trump’s approval rating on the issue at 48%. Meanwhile, governors continue to hold the highest approval rating on coronavirus at 71%. Our key findings and trendlines for today’s data points are found on our GitHub page and linked below.

Key Points 

  • Overall, 81% of all likely voters support current stay at home restrictions. Breaking that down by party identification, however, shows a clear distinction between the two parties. While majorities in both parties support the restrictions, more unanimous support exists among Democrats (89%) compared to Republicans (70%).

 

  •  In our generic ballot test asked among 2020 general election likely voters, Joe Biden maintains his lead over Donald Trump (51% Biden vs 45% Trump), a 6 point deficit for Trump. In the generic Congressional ballot test, the Democratic Party maintains an 8 point lead over the Republican Party (46% Dems vs 37% GOP).

 

  • Congress’s approval rating on coronavirus (49%) slipped below the 50 point mark again and is now only doing marginally better than Trump’s approval rating on the issue (48%). Meanwhile, governors continue to hold the highest approval rating on coronavirus at 71%.

 

  • Optimism regarding the country’s economic outlook is slowly growing as the percent of Americans who expect the US economy to improve over the next month continues to trend upwards (24% today). However, 43% still believe it will get worse over the next month.

 

Full Results

The full toplines, crosstabs, and methodology can be found on our GitHub page.