Two new Gallup surveys show how stay-at-home behavior and attitudes towards the pandemic have changed in the last month.
Here were some of the key findings:
Small gatherings: Fewer people avoiding small gatherings than were doing so last month, one survey found.
- Around 74% of Americans say they’re avoiding small gatherings — that's down slightly from 80% who said so in mid-April, an indication that some are starting to break their quarantines and return to their lives.
- The avoidance of small gatherings has decreased mostly among independents and Republicans — down 10 percentage points since mid-April among independents to 74% and down 7 percentage points to 60% among Republicans.
Visiting family and friends: Gallup also found more people now say they are going to visit others in their homes.
- About 16% of Americans reported they have visited someone else’s home or apartment in the last 24 hours, an uptick since March.
Return to normal life: Another release from Gallup finds 80% say that in order for them to be willing to return to normal life, it is very important for those who test positive for Covid-19 to enter mandatory quarantines.
- Nearly three-quarters consider it very important for there to be a significant reduction in the number of new cases or deaths before they’d be willing to return to their regular activities, and 68% rate the availability of a vaccine as very important. About 6 in 10 people call widespread testing to identify and monitor infections very important.
- Those factors, few of which are in place in any of the places where reopening has begun, were rated as far more important than their state government telling them to restart regular life — however, 39% call that very important.
CLARIFICATION: The headline on this post was updated to clarify that the survey found 68% of Americans say an available vaccine is very important before returning to normal life. The post was also clarified to emphasize that respondents were rating the importance of each benchmark to their willingness to return to regular activities.