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Social Distancing Plummeted In Lead Up To Fall Surge, Survey Finds

Added 12-02-20 01:07:01pm EST - “Social distancing fell dramatically between spring and fall and the gap between Democrats and Republicans widened. But both ends of the political spectrum agree on some measures to fight COVID-19.” - Npr.org

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Npr.org: “Social Distancing Plummeted In Lead Up To Fall Surge, Survey Finds”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

The Museum of Modern Art reminds visitors to practice safe distancing, in August in N.Y.C. Efforts to fight COVID-19 "decreased dramatically" over the summer, researchers say. Cindy Ord/Getty Images hide caption

The Museum of Modern Art reminds visitors to practice safe distancing, in August in N.Y.C. Efforts to fight COVID-19 "decreased dramatically" over the summer, researchers say.

While Democrats remain more likely than Republicans to support new measures aimed at slowing the spread of COVID-19, a majority of U.S. adults from both political parties now agree more steps are needed to fight the pandemic, according to the latest results from a large ongoing survey.

"The bad news here is that we let our guard down in the pandemic and partisan differences remain," says David Lazer, a professor of political science at Northeastern University who is helping lead the survey. "The good news here is, there is a collective desire to do what's necessary to keep the disease at bay."

Lazer and his colleagues at Harvard, Rutgers and Northwestern universities have been surveying about 20,000 U.S. adults nationwide about the pandemic, every month since April.

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