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Poll: 8 in 10 Americans Support Travel Bans on China and Europe to Limit Coronavirus Spread

Green ribbon barrier inside an airport with the warning of travel restrictions due to the spread of the Coronavirus, or COVID-19. (Photo: AdobeStock)

Americans Also Widely Support Closures, Though Unity Strongest on Travel Bans

Green ribbon barrier inside an airport with the warning of travel restrictions due to the spread of the Coronavirus, or COVID-19. (Photo: AdobeStock)
Green ribbon barrier inside an airport with the warning of travel restrictions due to the spread of the Coronavirus, or COVID-19. (Photo: AdobeStock)

Asbury Park, N.J. (PPD) — Eight in 10 Americans adults agree with the president’s decision to impose travel bans on China and Europe to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. Only 12% disagree with the decision, according to a new Rasmussen Reports national online and telephone survey.

Overwhelming majorities across nearly all demographic blocs — to include partisan identification — support the temporarily travel bans from China and Europe.

While Republicans (91%) are more likely than Democrats (78%) and voters not affiliated with either major party (75%) to support the travel ban, all three are in at least three-fourths agreement.

Americans are also widely and solidly supportive of school closures, though not to the extent we see regarding the travel bans.

Seventy percent (70%) think the schools in their state should be closed in response to the coronavirus. Just 19% disagree and 11% are undecided. 

Democrats (82%) are more likely than Republicans (68%) and unaffiliated voters (61%) to support closing the schools in their state.

When asked which is closer to their own thinking, 64% of Americans say the numerous event closures and postponements in response to coronavirus are good thinking. Twenty-six percent (26%), however, view them as a panicked overreaction. Ten percent (10%) are not sure.

Interestingly, even among Americans who view the closures and postponements as panic and overreaction, 74% still agree with the travel bans from China and Europe.

However, only 39% of these adults favor closing the schools in their state.

The survey of 1,000 American Adults was conducted March 15-16, 2020 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence.

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Led by R. D. Baris, the People's Pundit, the PPD Elections Staff conducts polling and covers news about latest polls, election results and election data.

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