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

A study conducted on the coronavirus and the media in the United States in March 2020 revealed that 44 percent of adults strongly or somewhat opposed the U.S. government's decision to shut down movie theaters due to the outbreak. Movie theater closures were the most contentious issue among survey respondents, with less resistance towards live concert postponements and movie premiere cancellations. The study also found that strong opposition to movie theater closures was higher among Republicans, Boomers, and respondents living in rural parts of the United States.

Share of adults who oppose 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 oppose the decision

Method of interview

Online survey

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