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Three in Four in U.S. Have Self-Isolated in Their Household

Three in Four in U.S. Have Self-Isolated in Their Household

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Three in four Americans say they have completely (28%) or mostly (47%) isolated themselves from people outside their household. The percentage who are self-isolating rapidly increased between March 16 and 26, but has shown only modest change since then.

Line graph. Three in Four Americans Have self-isolated in their household as of April 3-5.

These results are from a probability-based Gallup Panel survey, conducted online April 3-5. Currently, 16% say they are partially isolated, while 6% have isolated a little. Few Americans (3%) say they have not made any attempt to isolate themselves at all.

In the initial Gallup Panel survey, conducted March 16-19, Americans were about equally likely to report being isolated versus not isolated. The percentage who reported self-isolating increased to 64% in the week that followed, reaching 69% one week later.

Gallup found some differences by subgroup:

  • The more dense the area where a person lives, the more likely they are to self-isolate. Residents of urban areas (84%) are more likely than those living in suburbs (79%) and rural areas (67%) to say they are completely or mostly isolated from people outside their home.
  • Among political party identification groups, Democrats (84%) are most likely to report being completely or mostly isolated. Most independents (73%) and Republicans (66%) have isolated themselves to the same degree.
  • Americans who are not currently working (84%) are more likely to report isolation than those who are currently working (69%).

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