72% of Americans uncomfortable going to a theme park, poll finds – Orange County Register

72% of Americans uncomfortable going to a theme park, poll finds – Orange County Register

Nearly three-quarters of Americans are uncomfortable going to an amusement park right now amid the pandemic as states experience spikes in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations, according to a new survey.

A new poll by the Morning Consult research company found that 72% of American adults would not feel safe climbing aboard a roller coaster or screaming on a thrill ride right now at a U.S. theme park.

The survey polled 2,200 Americans between July 29 and Aug. 2 about how safe they feel returning to amusement parks and other leisure activities amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Amusement parks (19%) fared better than only gyms (18%), music concerts (16%) and international travel (13%) when it came to American comfort levels, according to the survey. Americans are more comfortable going to a restaurant (34%), shopping mall (29%), museum (26%) or movie theater (20%) than a theme park, the poll found.

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When will Americans feel safe returning to an amusement park?

Only 8% of American adults are comfortable going to a theme park in the next two weeks. Nearly three in five Americans said it would take three months or more before they would feel comfortable going to a theme park.

Who is comfortable heading to Disney World, Universal Studios, SeaWorld and Six Flags right now? They tend to be young, male and Republican, according to the survey.

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More than 80% of baby boomers said they would feel uncomfortable at a theme park right now compared to 60% of millennials. A less pronounced divide exists between men (69%) and women (76%).

Republicans (27%) are more than twice as likely as Democrats (12%) to say they feel safe going to an amusement park right now, according to the survey. It’s a pattern that’s held steady since April.

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Morning Consult has been tracking Americans’ feelings about amusement parks since late April. Comfort levels appeared to be returning to relatively normal pre-pandemic levels earlier in the summer after months of lockdown before trending in the opposite direction in late June as coronavirus cases began to surge across the U.S., according to the survey. Since then, American consumer confidence in returning to leisure activities has refused to budge.

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