Percentages of Americans, as of the end of April, who say restaurants should probably or definitely re-open, with the 6% answering “not sure” excluded so that the residuals are those why say they should probably or definitely remain closed:
Though a sizable minority wants to open back up, most people want to keep things closed. This is truly remarkable. Voluntary support for this kind of massive social disruption will shift the trajectory of the future in ways that can only be speculated about–and upon–now. They say it’s hard to identify a historical inflection point in anything other than retrospect. Not here. Not this time. This one is obvious.
The only major demographic distinction is along partisan lines. Though the survey does not break down responses by both race and partisan affiliation, it looks as though the most trenchant divide is between white people. White Democrats overwhelmingly want things to remain locked down. Most Republicans, who are mostly white, want to open back up. Though non-whites lean Democrat, they fall in between white Democrats and white Republicans.