Poll Says 72% of Americans Are Uncomfortable Going To a Theme Park

Guests stop to take a selfie at Magic Kingdom Park at Walt Disney World Resort on July 11, 2020 in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. July 11, 2020 is the first day of the phased reopening. (Photo by Kent Phillips, Walt Disney World Resort)

Per the OC Register, a new poll by the Morning Consult research company found that three-quarters 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.

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.

The survey polled 2,200 Americans between the months of July 29th and August 2nd about how safe they would feel returning to amusement parks and other leisure activities amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Here is what the poll found:

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 then asked, “when would you 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? The survey says they tend to be young, male and Republican.

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.

Since late April, Morning Consult has been tracking Americans’ feelings about amusement parks. The survey says that 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. Since then, American consumer confidence in returning to leisure activities has refused to budge.

Source: https://www.ocregister.com/2020/08/07/72-of-americans-uncomfortable-going-to-a-theme-park-poll-finds/