Americans’ concerns about reopening have continued to recede, with just 52% of people saying they are more concerned that businesses in their area are reopening too quickly rather than too slowly, down from 63% in early June.
More people are getting back to their everyday lives, with 45% saying that they left home to go to work—a four point increase from last week. Mask-wearing continues to be prevalent throughout the country, with 68% of people saying they wear a mask “every time” and another 17% wearing one “most of the time” they leave home and might be in contact with other people.
In further evidence for a desire to return to normal, a substantial minority (27%) say they would attend a college football game this fall if they had the opportunity, though those results skew heavily toward young adults (35% among 18-24 year-olds vs. just 16% of adults 65 and older) and even more so by partisanship (48% among Republicans vs. 26% among independents and 11% among Democrats).
Three quarters of Republicans (75%) say college football players should be allowed to play this fall, compared with 47% of independents and 27% of Democrats. Overall, the country is split evenly between those who say college football players should be allowed to play (49%) and those who say they should not (48%). A majority of people (61%) say college football players are putting themselves at greater risk for coronavirus by playing this fall. Nearly all Democrats say the players are putting themselves at greater risk (85%), compared with just 36% of Republicans.