The nationwide surge in coronavirus infections is causing some Americans to take the risk of in-person gatherings more seriously. It also appears that political partisanship is declining as an influence.
Contributing to this is the increasing concern is the growing share of people who personally know someone who tested positive for coronavirus (72%) or died from it (26%). Both are the highest marks recorded during the pandemic.
The latest November 13-16 Axios-Ipsos poll found significant spikes in concern for in-person gatherings and public activities from their previous poll two weeks earlier. 71% said attending in-person gatherings of friends and family outside their household was a large or moderate risk, up from 63%. Republicans showed the largest increase, from 40% to 52%, whereas the increase was 83% to 87% for Democrats.
There was a 10-percentage-point drop over the two weeks of people who visited friends or relatives the previous week, down from 49% to 39%. That is the lowest percentage since mid-May.
Over two-thirds (68%) now consider dining in at a restaurant a large or moderate risk, up seven percentage points from late October. Again, Republicans showed the largest increase from 37% to 45%. Democrats increased from 82% to 87%.
Over three-quarters of people (76%) now say spending more time inside public places as the weather turns colder will be a large or moderate risk, up from 69% two weeks earlier.
As infections continue to increase, risk concern of catching the coronavirus is likely to grow and continue to further restrict participation in in-person gatherings and public activities.
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