Most Americans said that states that experienced quarantines and prolonged lockdowns during the CCP Virus pandemic were hardest hit by the economic crisis, compared to those states that maintained less restrictive policies regarding business closures and respected individual freedoms.

A new Just the News Daily Poll with Scott Rasmussen revealed interesting results on perceptions of the quarantines and the economic crisis. 

Fifty-three percent of respondents agreed with the poll’s statement, “States that imposed strict lockdowns had more economic problems than states with fewer restrictions.” Only 21% disagreed, while 26% were unsure. 

Greater restriction poorer economic outcomes

Scott Rasmussen conducted the survey from March 4 to March 6 of 1,200 registered voters using what is called a mixed-mode approach, that is, a combination of closed-ended and open-ended questions.

The outbreak of the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) Virus caused almost universal restrictions, leading to closures of stores, schools, churches, and social gatherings. Of course, in some places the restrictions were tighter than others. 

In the United States, in general, the Republican states were those with fewer lockdown restrictions and they sought to prioritize the maintenance of individual freedoms by appealing to the personal responsibility of citizens, including in North Dakota, Florida, Texas. 

Whether states should have, or continue to, impose strict coronavirus health and safety restrictions on restaurants, stores, sporting events,, and other parts of their states’ economies has been one of the most hotly debated issues in U.S. politics over the past year. 

Clearly, former President Donald Trump’s message was always to prioritize the freedom of citizens and respect the right to work, to pray in places of worship,, and not to neglect family and traditional values. On the contrary, Democratic governors and President Joe Biden, were prophets of confinement, isolation, and worshipped the seal of approval and the long-awaited vaccine as if they were the “saviors” of the crisis. 

Fewer restrictions during pandemic better economic results

Reality showed that the less restrictive states, such as Florida and North Dakota, fared much better in terms of unemployment than the states that had applied aggressive shutdown policies for most of the year, such as California and New York. This was indicated by federal data released in December 2020.

It is worth noting that Democratic states occupy the lowest rungs of the overall 2020 unemployment chart, but in addition they also recorded the highest annual growth in unemployment between December 2019 and December 2020, a period that includes precisely the pandemic months where the largest number of closures were recorded.

Undoubtedly, the CCP Virus was a problem not only for the United States but for the entire world population, but it is important to understand that it was not the virus that destroyed the U.S. economy, but the policies carried out by Democratic governments that used the discourse of “giving priority to life over the economy,” ignoring that poverty, isolation, and confinement also cause disease, depression, and death. In addition to destroying the economy that during the last few years, under the Trump era, had reached record levels of employment and production.


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