81% of 45+ in US adheres to social distancing

FILE PHOTO: People rest and enjoy the day at Central Park maintaining social distancing norms, during the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in the Manhattan borough of New York City, U.S., May 2, 2020. REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz

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A consumer survey from Bospar to determine how seriously Americans take the threat of COVID-19 and adherence to social distancing guidelines, revealed that 67% of Americans appreciate that social distancing is helping to mitigate the spread of the virus.

The study found that 81% of Americans of over 45 years of age have been social distancing “as much as they can”, but only 57% of adult Gen Z (ages 18-24) have been social distancing “as much as they can”.

But the more interesting aspect of this study is the way its results reflect the political divide across the United States. In fact, a key finding in this survey was that, generally speaking, older Americans join Democrats in taking the pandemic more seriously than younger Americans and Republicans.

“Obviously Gen Zers are less scared of COVID-19, because the death rates are so much lower, but the fact that Republicans are less scared just shows the power of spin and messaging,” said Curtis Sparrer, a principal of Bospar. “Right-leaning news outlets and President Trump himself have been minimizing the dangers of the virus, whereas left-leaning outlets have been taking it very seriously.”

About 73% of Americans worry they will catch COVID-19 when restrictions are lifted. This includes 85% of Democrats and 75% of seniors (Americans 65+) but just 64% of Republicans and 67% of Gen Zers.

So, perhaps it follows that significantly more Democrats (63%) and seniors (61%) feel businesses should close any areas where people would be in close quarters—like restaurants and movie theatres. Only 39% of Gen Zers and 41% of Republicans agree.

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