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Coronavirus and the media: support for restricting events U.S. 2020

A study conducted on the coronavirus and the media in the United States in March 2020 revealed that only 38 percent of adults strongly or somewhat supported the U.S. government's decision to shut down movie theaters due to the outbreak, whereas more respondents supported the cancellation of upcoming movie premieres. The media has been awash with reports of the latest closures of entertainment venues and media event cancellations in the United States and worldwide, and economic concerns about the impact of these closures are rising. Whilst survey respondents seemed a little more skeptical about theater closures than other venues, 51 percent supported the postponement of live music concerts. For popular touring artists, live music events typically involve thousands or tens of thousands or participants, and musicians and bands around the globe have pulled or postponed national and worldwide tours in a bid to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

Share of adults who support media events being postponed or canceled due to the coronavirus outbreak in the United States as of March 2020

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Release date

March 2020


United States

Survey time period

March 5 to 7, 2020

Number of respondents

2,200 respondents

Age group

18 years and older

Special properties

among those who strongly or somewhat support the decision

Method of interview

Online survey

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