Should Florida halt its economic reopening process to slow the spread of the coronavirus? A majority of Tampa Bay residents, in the latest public sentiment survey from the Tampa Bay Partnership — a privately funded coalition of business executives who focus on thought leadership at the regional level — say yes.
The poll — conducted in late July in conjunction with the Community Foundation of Tampa Bay, United Way Suncoast and the University of South Florida Muma College of Business — indicates residents are becoming more pessimistic about the COVID-19 crisis, now in its sixth month.
“The trend lines are heading downhill in nearly every measure of public opinion right now,” Tampa Bay Partnership President and CEO Rick Homans states in a press release. “People are worried. The majority of our residents want to pump or slam on the brakes when it comes to re-opening. Very few want to hit the gas. They’re giving our elected officials permission to take charge, and they’re losing faith in their government leaders when they don’t see that happening.”