Poll dives into Tenn. attitudes amid COVID-19

A poll conducted by Harvard, Northeastern, and Rutgers universities found 64% of Tennesseans approve of Lee’s handling of the coronavirus response, while 14% disapprove.

The online survey of 513 Tennesseans (41% Republicans, 30% Democrats, and 24% independents) has a margin of error of ±4 percentage points.

Here are some of the findings for the Tennessee portion of the poll:

How concerned, if at all, do you currently feel about the following: – Getting coronavirus yourself:

  • Not at all concerned: 14%
  • Not very concerned: 18%
  • Somewhat concerned: 38%
  • Very concerned: 28%
  • Not applicable to me: 2%

How much, if at all, has your life been disrupted by the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak:

  • Not at All: 6%
  • A little: 13%
  • A moderate amount: 30%
  • A lot: 22%
  • A great deal: 32%

In the last 24 hours, did you get any news or information related to the current coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak from the following sources:

  • Friends and family: 49%
  • Radio news: 20%
  • Podcasts: 6%
  • Local TV: 56%
  • Network TV: 50%
  • Cable TV: 39%
  • Late night comedy shows: 8%

I feel well-informed about the current state of the COVID-19 outbreak:

  • Strongly disagree: 2%
  • Somewhat disagree: 6%
  • Neither agree nor disagree: 14%
  • Somewhat agree: 48%
  • Strongly agree: 30%

I feel well-informed about steps I can take to protect myself from the virus:

  • Strongly disagree: 2%
  • Somewhat disagree: 2%
  • Neither agree nor disagree: 8%
  • Somewhat agree: 36%
  • Strongly agree: 52%

In the last week, how closely did you personally follow the health recommendations listed below: Avoiding public or crowded places:

  • Not at all closely: 3%
  • Not very closely: 5%
  • Somewhat closely: 18%
  • Very closely: 74%

In the last week, how closely did you personally follow the health recommendations listed below Frequently washing hands:

  • Not at all closely: 2%
  • Not very closely: 4%
  • Somewhat closely: 14%
  • Very closely: 81%

Disinfecting often-touched surfaces:

  • Not at all closely: 3%
  • Not very closely: 9%
  • Somewhat closely: 24%
  • Very closely: 64%

Wearing a face mask when outside of your home:

  • Not at all closely: 19%
  • Not very closely: 13%
  • Somewhat closely: 17%
  • Very closely: 51%

Do you approve or disapprove of the following measures which federal, state, and local governments could take to prevent the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) in the next 30 days: Asking people to stay at home:

  • Strongly disapprove: 2%
  • Somewhat disapprove: 4%
  • Somewhat approve: 22%
  • Strongly approve: 71%

Requiring most businesses to close:

  • Strongly disapprove: 6%
  • Somewhat disapprove: 13%
  • Somewhat approve: 32%
  • Strongly approve: 49%

Cancel sports & entertainment events:

  • Strongly disapprove: 2%
  • Somewhat disapprove: 7%
  • Somewhat approve: 19%
  • Strongly approve: 72%

Closing K-12 schools:

  • Strongly disapprove: 3%
  • Somewhat disapprove: 7%
  • Somewhat approve: 21%
  • Strongly approve: 69%

Limiting restaurants to carry-out only:

  • Strongly disapprove: 2%
  • Somewhat disapprove: 5%
  • Somewhat approve: 27%
  • Strongly approve: 65%

Tracking people’s cell phone location to find out who was in contact with a sick person:

  • Strongly disapprove: 29%
  • Somewhat disapprove: 21%
  • Somewhat approve: 26%
  • Strongly approve: 24%

When should the country reopen the economy and resume business activity:

  • Immediately: 8%
  • In the next two weeks: 11%
  • After two to four weeks: 20%
  • After four to six weeks: 23%
  • After six to eight weeks: 15%
  • After more than eight weeks: 22%

The federal government is:

  • Not taking the outbreak seriously enough: 32%
  • Reacting about right: 57%
  • Overreacting to the outbreak: 11%
  • Ordinary people across the country:
  • Not taking the outbreak seriously enough: 52%
  • Reacting about right: 32%
  • Overreacting to the outbreak: 17%

Your state government is:

  • Not taking the outbreak seriously enough: 20%
  • Reacting about right: 72%
  • Overreacting to the outbreak: 9%
  • People at your place of employment:
  • Not taking the outbreak seriously enough: 45%
  • Reacting about right: 44%
  • Overreacting to the outbreak: 12%

Do you approve or disapprove of the way your state governor is handling the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak:

  • Strongly disapprove: 4%
  • Disapprove: 10%
  • Neither approve nor disapprove: 24%
  • Approve: 46%
  • Strongly approve: 18%

Trust: Your city government:

  • Not at all: 5%
  • Not too much: 15%
  • Some: 52%
  • A lot: 28%

Your state government:

  • Not at all: 4%
  • Not too much: 16%
  • Some: 51%
  • A lot: 29%

The White House:

  • Not at all: 15%
  • Not too much: 22%
  • Some: 41%
  • A lot: 22%

Congress:

  • Not at all: 14%
  • Not too much: 31%
  • Some: 43%
  • A lot: 12%

Trust to do the right thing: Donald Trump:

  • Not at all: 27%
  • Not too much: 16%
  • Some: 31%
  • A lot: 27%

Joe Biden:

  • Not at all: 27%
  • Not too much: 24%
  • Some: 36%
  • A lot: 13%

Do you approve or disapprove of the way President Trump is handling the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak:

  • Strongly disapprove: 17%
  • Disapprove: 14%
  • Neither approve nor disapprove: 17%
  • Approve: 29%
  • Strongly approve: 23%

10 Responses to Poll dives into Tenn. attitudes amid COVID-19

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    Molly Mann says:

    What was the timeframe of the poll? Did the poll ask rural people as well?

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    LeeAnn C. says:

    The poll I want to see would ask shut down businesses how much longer they can hang on. 500 people out of a population of almost 7 million in TN isn’t a very significant number. Get TN back to work Governor Lee!

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      Cannoneer2 says:

      Three Phases to reopen:

      Phase One: whine about getting all businesses running asap.

      Phase Two: whine about getting all employees back to work, regardless of the danger, and if they don’t want to come back that soon, fire them! Make sure they don’t have access to subsequent state/federal help either!

      Phase Three: whine about needing government protection from any lawsuits that arise from any infections that occur in the workplace.

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        Stuart I. Anderson says:

        Isn’t it annoying, all those people demanding to get their freedoms back from the liberal control freaks the voters made the mistake of electing in the first place? To the liberal ear that demand is annoying “whining” when to the rest of us it is a refreshing indication that despite the mainstream media hectoring and reflexive support for government overreach the demand for liberty is alive and well in this country.

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    James White says:

    Here is the problem: where do you get your information?
    Local TV: 56%
    Network TV: 50%
    Cable TV: 39%
    Late night comedy shows: 8%

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      James White says:

      that is 153% getting the news from TV and the ‘other’ 75% get other that is 228% ???
      Oh I trust the polls and the media! Not.

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        Erik Schelzig says:

        Going out on a limb here, but I imagine respondents were asked to check all that apply on this question.

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        Perry Aubric says:

        That’s exactly what was done, Eric, as anyone who knows anything about polling would realize.

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      James White says:

      Well when I first made this post, I was implying that the problem is that the people rely on the Fake News TV . After I post I noticed the numbers.
      And I suppose they did ask them to check as many as applied, but … didn’t see it.
      Still Polls are polls…

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    MARLE says:

    Shows you what Propaganda can accomplish in a 100 IQ country laced with a strong dose of wussification.

    Goebbels would be envious and amazed.

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