BUSINESS: Research + Stats U.S. Public Opposes Reopening Most Businesses By Staff Thursday, May 7, 2020 4:35 PM A new Washington Post-University of Maryland poll has found that there's widespread opposition to reopening businesses across the U.S. as governors ease restrictions and loosen lockdowns, according to a recent story from Statista.com. Even if businesses do get up and running quickly, public reluctance to shop and dine could prove a major obstacle to restarting the economy. That's without even considering a further spike in new infections and deaths. The research found that only 56 percent of the U.S. public feel comfortable going grocery shopping and the share is even lower for clothes shopping and dining out at just 33 percent and 22 percent respectively. The poll specifically asked Americans about whether their states should open eight different types of business. Golf courses had the highest support for reopening at 41 percent which is probably understandable given that they guarantee wide open space outdoors with plenty of opportunities for social distancing. People are more apprehensive about businesses that involve closer contact with support for retail stores reopening at 34 percent and hairdressers at 31 percent. 29 percent of those polled also want their states to reopen gun stores. Click here to read the full story from Statista.com.