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Has there been less social distancing in the US in recent weeks? Here’s what a new poll found

The numbers have dropped significantly since the height of the COVID-19 pandemic

Neighbors Louise Jones, left, and Cheryl Doty, right, look for art while practicing social distancing during a walk of the nearly empty streets of downtown Salt Lake City on Friday, March 27, 2020.
Neighbors Louise Jones, left, and Cheryl Doty, right, look for art while practicing social distancing during a walk of the nearly empty streets of downtown Salt Lake City on Friday, March 27, 2020.
Ivy Ceballo, Deseret News

A new poll from Gallup has revealed that the number of Americans who practice social distancing during the coronavirus pandemic has dropped significantly since the height of the COVID-19 outbreak.

The new poll found:

  • 58% of Americans are either completely or mostly in isolation.
  • 17% said they completely isolate themselves.
  • 41% said they mostly isolate themselves.
  • That 58% is a drop from the 75% who said they were completely isolating themselves between March 30 and April 4 and the 68% who said the same from April 20 to April 26.

“The steady decline returns the numbers back to the level before the majority of states implemented stay-at-home orders in March to stop the spread of the coronavirus,” according to USA Today.

Gallup interviewed 4,159 American adults from May 4 to May 10 for the poll.

Interestingly, the drop is not just in states where there have been soft reopenings. According to USA Today, more people in states with stay-at-home orders are stopping their social distancing habits, too.

“It’s certainly in those states, but it’s also in the states that aren’t loosening their restrictions as well,” Jeffrey Jones, senior editor for the Gallup Poll, told USA Today.