Coronavirus cases are up here in America, and with the potential of a Joe Biden presidency, there is talk of a national mask mandate and another national lockdown. But, of course, we are a country in which consent comes from the people. So, what do the people have to say about another national lockdown?
Newsmax reports that a recent poll shows that Americans would be less likely than last time to comply with another national lockdown.
The poll reported on by Newsmax was conducted by Gallup during a period from October 19th and November 1st. It found that 49 percent of Americans “would be very likely to stay home for a month if public health officials recommended it due to a serious outbreak of the virus in their community.”
Gallup noted that this is a sharp dropoff from the last lockdown, which took place in the spring. A similar poll was conducted at that time, in late March and early April, and Gallop found that 67 percent of Americans “were likely to comply with such shelter-in-place advice.”
It appears that the more recent results were greatly affected by one’s political affiliation. The willingness of Republicans to obey a national lockdown fell from 74 percent in the spring to now 40 percent, whereas the willingness among Democrats went only from 91 percent to 87 percent.
Gallop also notes that Americans now “have greater confidence in their ability to protect themselves from being infected by the coronavirus when out in public.”
Newsmax reports that whereas mask-wearing has gone up significantly, “extreme social distancing” has gone down.
“Do what you’re told”
Dr. Anthony Fauci, the infectious diseases expert who is part of President Donald Trump’s coronavirus task force, recently gave his take on noncompliance.
Fauci did so spoke at a forum with officials from both American and the United Kingdom, which is facing similar problems, where he had this to say: “[E]ach of our countries have that independent spirit, where we don’t want to be told what to do. Well, I understand that, but now is the time to do what you’re told.”
That’s scary. What’s ahead?
This survey comes at about the same time as reports showing that Joe Biden has an individual on his coronavirus “advisory board” – Dr. Michael Osterholm – who is in favor of implementing a four to six-week national lockdown.
We don’t know if Biden would go with Osterholm’s advice as Biden has given conflicting responses to the question of whether he would implement another national lockdown. We don’t even know if Biden is going to be the next president yet, so this all could be moot.
It could also be moot if the Pfizer vaccine turns out to be as effective at preventing the coronavirus as the company claims that it is. We’ll see.