Poll: Nearly half of voters think COVID lockdowns unhelpful or made no difference

Lockdowns and other such sweeping health-safety measures were largely untested prior to last year.

Published: March 12, 2021 11:24am

Updated: March 12, 2021 2:47pm

Nearly half of all U.S. voters believe that COVID-19 lockdowns were either ineffective at halting the coronavirus or that such policies made little difference one way or the other, according to a new Just the News Daily Poll with Scott Rasmussen.

Noting that numerous states implemented varying levels of lockdowns – with some such as California locking down hard and others like Florida locking down minimally or not at all – voters were asked "which approach was more successful in dealing with the pandemic?"

Just over 40% of said lockdowns were more effective. Yet 31% said "fewer restrictions" was the better approach, while the remaining 17% said such measures "didn't really make any difference."

Just the News Poll, March 12, 2021 Poll#6
Just the News Daily Poll
RMG Research


Nationwide lockdowns on the scale seen across the world last year were largely unknown and untested prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, though experts have argued over the past year that they are a critical tool for fighting against the respiratory disease known as SARS-Cov-2. 

The survey of 1,200 registered voters was conducted by Rasmussen using a mixed mode approach from March 4-6, 2021.

Click here to see this poll's cross-demographic tabulations.

Click here to see the poll's methodology and sample demographics. 

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