Forty-five percent (45%) of voters nationwide believe it will be a month or two before most businesses re-open and social activity resumes. A national survey conducted by Scott Rasmussen found that 37% think it will take three months or longer. At the other end of the spectrum, 13% believe the lockdown will end within a couple of weeks.
There is a significant partisan divide on the question. Seventy-one percent (71%) of Republicans expect business and social activity to resume within a couple of months. Just 44% of Democrats are that optimistic.
Most Democrats (51%) believe at least three months will pass before things re-open. Just 23% of Republicans agree.
As for Independent voters, 57% expect social activity to resume within a couple of months. Thirty-six percent (36%) believe it will take three months or longer.
How long do you think it will be before most businesses re-open and social activity resumes?
13% A couple of weeks
45% A month or two
29% Three to six months
6% Six Months to a year
2% More than a year
6% Not Sure
The survey of 1,000 Registered Voters was conducted by Scott Rasmussen using a mixed mode approach from March 26-28, 2020. Field work for the survey was conducted by RMG Research, Inc. Approximately 72% of the survey respondents were selected at random from lists of Registered Voters. The remainder were selected through Random Digital Engagement. Most were contacted online while 247 were contacted using automated phone polling techniques. Certain quotas were applied to the overall sample and lightly weighted by gender, age, race, and political party to reasonably reflect the nation’s population of Registered Voters. Other variables were reviewed to ensure that the final sample is representative of that population.