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New survey shows growing partisan divide in support for reopening the U.S.

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Wearing masks to protect against the coronavirus, barbers Johnny "Geo" Sanchez, left, and Alberto Sagentin, rear, cut hair, Thursday, May 21, 2020, at La Barberia - The Original Cuban Barbershop in the Little Havana neighborhood of Miami. Personal grooming shops were able to open Wednesday during a phased reopening of certain businesses in Miami-Dade County. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

Even as states begin to reopen, a majority of U.S. residents oppose immediate measures—though such opposition is beginning to slide, and a crack along partisan lines is beginning to widen, according to new results of a national survey led by researchers from Northeastern, Harvard, Rutgers, and Northwestern universities.

The report, published Friday, represents the second set of results from a survey that began in mid-April, and illustrates changes in behavior and attitudes as the pandemic wears on.

Researchers surveyed more than 20,000 people in all 50 states and the District of Columbia between May 2 and May 15. They found that the vast majority (89 percent) of Americans oppose the immediate reopening of state economies—though the figure slid 5 percent from late April, when 94 percent of people opposed immediate reopening. And, though the figure still represents a majority of those surveyed, it masks a growing divide in attitudes between Republicans and Democrats in the country.

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