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Oregonians expect it to take months before they feel safe returning to normal activities

Infographic including bar graph results from asking Oregon residents how long they expect it'll take to safely return to certain activities.

DHM Research conducted its second survey of Oregonians about COVID-19. This survey focuses on their opinions about when it will be safe to return to normal activities and the criteria people will use when making that decision.

This is the second of three data releases from this survey. Key findings in today’s release include:

  • Oregonians expect it to take months before they feel safe returning to normal activities.
  • Oregonians put the most trust in public health officials when deciding if it is safe to return to normal activities. Trust in Governor Brown and President Trump is lower and much more partisan.
  • Oregonians will be reluctant to return to normal activities until widespread testing is available and there is a low rate of new COVID-19 infections.
  • Oregonians support the state reporting positive COVID-19 cases at multiple levels, such as by zip code and specific nursing home facilities.
  • Large numbers of Oregonians would not immediately self-isolate if they learned they were in contact with a COVID-19 positive person.

The final data releases will focus on Oregonians’ opinions and experiences with the healthcare system, and their support for releasing people from jails and prisons to manage potential COVID-19 outbreaks.

The research was completed as a community service by DHM Research in partnership with the Oregon Values and Beliefs Center. Both organizations are independent and non-partisan. DHM Research is a Certified B Corporation and OVBC is an Oregon charitable nonprofit corporation.