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Majority disapproves of coronavirus demonstrations, poll shows

A majority of Americans in a new poll disagrees with public demonstrations against stay-at-home measures meant to prevent the spread of coronavirus, even as a number of states move to lift the restrictions.

Fifty-five percent of Americans disapprove of the protests, which  have taken place in several states in recent weeks, compared to 31 percent who approve, according to the survey from the University of Chicago Divinity School and The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research released Monday.

Pollsters found a partisan gap but noted that majorities of both Republicans and Democrats disapproved of the demonstrations. Sixty-seven percent of Democrats said they disapproved them, compared to 51 percent of Republicans, while 32 percent of Republicans and 25 percent of Democrats approved.

Only 8 percent of all respondents said protests should be allowed with no safety restrictions, while 41 percent said they should be permitted with some restrictions and 50 percent said they should not be allowed at all. 

The same poll found support for stay-at-home orders has eroded, with 71 percent of Americans now favoring them compared to 80 percent two weeks ago. Support for requiring bars and restaurants to close also fell from 76 percent to 67 percent.

Pollsters surveyed 1,002 adults from April 30 to May 4. It has a 4.2 percentage point margin of error.

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