The majority of voters in New York, Connecticut and New Jersey believe it’s more important to keep fighting coronavirus and keep the shutdowns going than it is to open up the states and get the economy moving again.
In a Quinnipiac University poll, 71 percent of voters, or over two-thirds, said their elected officials should prioritize keeping people at home and continue social distancing to defeat COVID-19, over opening up the economy and possibly spreading the virus, while 26 percent said they thought it was more important to get people back to work, The Hill reports.
In New York, 58 percent of voters surveyed said they believe it will take months, instead of weeks, before the state should reopen, while 55 percent in New Jersey and 59 percent in Connecticut agreed, the Quinnipiac poll noted.
Quinnipiac analyst Tim Malloy said, "A crisis rockets governors to approval ratings rarely seen. In the Tri-State area, the public leans on their leaders and the gratitude shows.”
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo had a 72-24 job approval rating, up to 81-17 for his handling of coronavirus, while Gov. Phil Murphy got a 68-23 job approval rating and 78-18 percent for his role in the coronarivus response. Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont got a 65-26 approval rating and 78-17 percent for his coronavirus efforts. All three are Democrats.
President Trump, on the other hand, got a 36-60 overall approval rating and 35-61 percent for his handling of the coronavirus in the poll.
Quinnipiac polling analyst Mary Snow said, "The outbreak is personal for people living in the Tri-State region. Not only do a majority of them know someone who tested positive for the coronavirus, close to 4 in 10 people in the hardest hit states of New York and New Jersey know someone who died after being infected.”
Doug Schwartz, Quinnipiac’s associate vice president and director, said in the poll, "Fueled by big leads among women, non-whites, and whites with a college degree, it's looking like a Biden blue state blowout across all three states.”
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