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Rasmussen: Two-Thirds Support Closed-Borders for Their State, Fines for Social Distancing Violators

By Craig Bannister | April 2, 2020 | 11:32am EDT
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About two-thirds of U.S. likely voters want their state’s border closed and fines imposed for violating their community’s social distancing guidelines during the coronavirus threat, a new Rasmussen Reports survey finds.

Sixty-seven percent of voters want to bar entry into their state, except in cases of emergency, the survey reveals. Only 21% oppose the border control measure.

“Should your state bar all out-of-state travelers except for emergencies until the coronavirus threat has ended?”

  • Yes: 67%
  • No: 21%
  • Not Sure: 12%

While support for border-crossing bans was higher among females (70%) than it was for males (64%), it was consistent across other demographic categories, such as race and party affiliation. Fully 66% of Whites, 68% of Blacks and 70% of “Other” races support closed borders, as do 69% of Republicans, 67% of Democrats, and 64% of “Other” party identifications.

“Similarly, 68% of voters favor handing out fines in their community to those who are not following social distancing guidelines,” Rasmussen reported.

“Do you favor or oppose such fines being handed out in the community where you live?”

  • Favor: 68%
  • Oppose: 20%
  • Not Sure: 12%

Here, while Republicans (68%), Democrats (69%) and Other (67%) party affiliates all express similar support for fines, this support appears to decline as respondents age:

Support for Fines, by Age Category:

  • 18-39 Years Old: 73%
  • 40-64 Years Old: 67%
  • 65+ Years Old: 61%

The national survey of 1,000 U.S. likely voters was conducted March 31-April 1, 2020 by Rasmussen Reports.

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