Texans Aren’t As Worried About Coronavirus Now
You've probably noticed that Texans are starting to get out and live their lives again. If you thought it was only happening in Lubbock, it's not according to new polls released by the Texas Tribune and the University of Texas.
According to the Texas Tribune, 21% of Texas voters said they only leave the house when they absolutely have to. A year ago? That number was at 63%. In fact, more than half of Texans feel comfortable doing a wide range of activities like grocery shopping and getting a haircut to flying in an airplane and attending an outdoor sporting event.
How people feel today is nothing compared to how Texans felt this time last year.
In the first UT/TT Poll of the pandemic, conducted a year ago, 63% of Texans said they were “only leaving my residence when I absolutely have to.” That has fallen to 21%; in the current poll, 33% said they were “living normally, coming and going as usual,” and another 44% said they are still leaving home, “but being careful when I do.” The majority of Democrats, 55%, were in that last group, while 55% of Republicans said they are living normally.
That doesn't mean everything is back to normal though. According to the Texas Tribune, 74% of people say they are avoiding large groups while 64% are still avoiding other people, and 80% will still wear a mask when is close contact with people outside their own households.
But we are still getting back to normal, and I think that is a good thing and something to celebrate.
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