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Majority of Americans worried that governments will retain expansive new powers after pandemic ends

Over a third are "very worried" about the prospect.

Published: December 16, 2020 11:02am

Updated: December 16, 2020 1:53pm

A majority of registered U.S. voters are worried that government officials in the U.S. will retain their newly claimed expansive powers following the end of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a new Just the News Daily Poll with Scott Rasmussen.

Sixty-two percent of the respondents said they were somewhat or very worried about American governments holding onto their pandemic powers after the health crisis finally subsides. Just 32% were unconcerned with that prospect. 

how worried are you that governments will try to retain these powers to restrict the freedoms of individual Americans?
Just the News Daily Poll
With Scott Rasmussen


U.S. governments at all levels have claimed for themselves considerable powers related to the COVID-19 pandemic over 2020, including the power to shut down what they deem "non-essential" businesses, the power to mandate face coverings in most public settings, and even far-reaching regulations on religious life and worship. 

The survey was taken by 1,200 registered voters and conducted by Rasmussen from Dec. 10-12.

To see the poll's cross-demographic tabulations, click here.

To see the poll's methodology and sample demographics, click here.

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