In another of TCA’s series of deep-dives in to our latest poll, we wanted to look at our findings related to government intervention in deciding when businesses may be open or closed.

It is expected the Tennessee General Assembly will take up legislation that will address government intervention in the private sector. In our February poll, we asked a similar question with regards to the sharing economy (Airbnb).

Our latest findings indicate that there is widespread support for government to get out of the way of deciding when businesses are open or closed, especially among those who support President Trump and are consistent churchgoers. Of those who believe government has a role, a large portion live in urban Nashville and are more likely to disapprove of President Trump.

Question:  Do you agree or disagree that the government should be involved in deciding when businesses are open or closed?

Analysis of our findings 

  • 5.7% of those surveyed believe that government has a role
  • 82.6% of those surveyed believe government should get out of the way

Our findings indicate that the the largest sub-set of voters who want government to play a role in deciding when businesses are open or closed are those who live in urban Nashville, those who have a lower propensity to vote, young people, and those with a graduate degree. Tennesseans who want government to play a role in deciding when businesses are open or closed also had a high disapproval of President Trump, want Colin Kaepernick to play on their team, and believe wine in grocery stores has been a bad thing.

Our findings indicate that of those who have an opinion on the issue, 92% attend church at least once a week and want government to get out of the way in deciding when businesses are open or closed.

Across the state, all three grand divisions were statistically similar in their belief that government should get out of the way. The only outlier was those surveyed who believe government has a role to play live in areas identified as “Urban Middle” Tennessee and in the 5th Congressional District.

*TCA has not taken a public position to support or oppose any of the policies included in the survey.

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