2. Axios-Ipsos poll: Normal now looks too risky
Big majorities of Americans in both parties say it'd be too risky to return to normal life right now, and would rather wait a few more months, Axios White House editor Margaret Talev writes from the new installment of our Axios-Ipsos Coronavirus Index.
- Why it matters: President Trump has championed the idea that some states should reopen by May 1, but the latest findings from our national poll suggest most Americans aren't ready — and worry it would hurt their health.
The results suggest that the recent protests in Michigan and elsewhere against stay-at-home orders — which have drawn national press coverage — don't reflect the views of most Americans.
- Democrats feel the risks more acutely, but a clear GOP majority also sees large or moderate risk.
- Declining trust in the federal government accompanies these sentiments.
Democrats are 20 points more likely than Republicans to oppose an immediate return to "normal":
- "Republicans are less proximate to it; they're less likely to live in the big urban centers," said Cliff Young, president of Ipsos U.S. Public Affairs. "But it has ... much more to do with where they get their information from."
- "This is an example of tribalism and two very different narratives about the same facts."
Our weekly survey's sixth installment (1,021 adults, with a margin of error of ±3.3 percentage points) found:
- The use of masks continues to climb: 64% of people are now wearing one outside the home either sometimes or all of the time, up from 56% a week ago.
- Around a third have turned to telemedicine: 22% said they'd spoken with a health care provider by phone, and 13% said they'd done so by video chat.
Half of this week's respondents said they're receiving stimulus money from the government.