Poll: Large majority of Americans think it's more important to stay home than return to work

Only 30 percent of respondents think the top national priority should be to get the economy up and running again.

Poll: Large majority of Americans think it's more important to stay home than return to work

A substantial majority of Americans say remaining at home to combat the coronavirus' spread is more important than returning to work in a bid to jump-start the cratering U.S. economy, according to a new survey.

A CBS News poll published Thursday reports that 70 percent of respondents believe the country's top priority should be to "try to slow the spread of coronavirus by keeping people home and social distancing, even if the economy is hurt in the short term."

Only 30 percent think the top national priority should instead be to "try to get the economy going by sending people back to work, even if it means more people might be exposed to coronavirus."

The survey's results reflect a real-time debate playing out across the country, with the White House and state and local leaders weighing the consequences of prolonged economic shutdown against the public health benefits of continuing to restrict Americans' movements.


Announcements Monday by the governors of Georgia, South Carolina and Tennessee threw the ongoing debate into stark relief, as the Republican state executives rolled out plans to reopen their economies and begin relaxing stringent mitigation measures.

But those initiatives, some of the nation's most aggressive, were met with resistance from mayors who complained about conflicting messages from various levels of government and argued the disease's threat to residents was still too dire to begin reopening efforts.

Even President Donald Trump, who has repeatedly encouraged states to open back up for business, disavowed Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp's plan Wednesday after it was roundly criticized as rushed and confusing.

The CBS News poll was conducted April 20-22, surveying 2,112 U.S. residents. Its margin of sampling error is plus-or-minus 2.5 percentage points.

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Fox News regular Anthony Tata to be tapped as Pentagon policy chief

If confirmed, Tata would oversee the Pentagon’s policy shop as the department reels from the coronavirus pandemic.

Fox News regular Anthony Tata to be tapped as Pentagon policy chief

Anthony Tata, a retired Army brigadier general, novelist and Fox News regular, will be tapped as the next Pentagon policy chief, according to three people with knowledge of the decision.

If confirmed by the Senate, Tata would replace John Rood, who was forced out in February as part of President Donald Trump’s loyalty purge after two years in the job.

According two current administration officials and one former defense official, Tata beat out Douglas Macgregor, another retired Army officer and frequent Fox News commentator, for the job. Both were interviewed by Trump. Elbridge Colby, a former deputy assistant secretary of defense, was also a candidate, but took himself out of the running a few weeks ago.

POLITICO first reported this month that the field had been narrowed to Macgregor and Tata, and that Defense Secretary Mark Esper had expressed reservations about Macgregor. Bloomberg first reported that Tata will be Trump's pick.

“He’s more affable and has done a lot of different things since leaving active duty,” said an administration official on why Tata was chosen over MacGregor.

A Pentagon spokesperson referred questions to the White House. A White House spokesperson said they don't comment on personnel, and Tata did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Tata is best known as an avid Trump defender and author of the “Threat” adventure series. He has been featured in Trump tweets for lauding the president on Fox News, where he has spoken out about Trump’s firing of Navy Secretary Richard Spencer over the war crimes case of former Navy SEAL Eddie Gallagher, and also about Trump’s decision to send troops to the U.S.-Mexico border.

Tata retired from the Army in 2008 after an Army probe found he had been having affairs with “at least two” women, the News & Observer reported. He served as North Carolina transportation secretary but resigned in 2015, citing a need to spend more time with his family and the demands of his side career as a novelist. He also considered running for Congress.

It's unlikely that Tata would take up the post soon. He must be officially nominated by the White House and confirmed by the Senate, which has dragged its feet confirming recent DoD nominees. Esper has been lobbying lawmakers to quickly confirm Kenneth Braithwaite to be Navy secretary, after acting Navy Secretary Thomas Modly stepped down this month.

If confirmed, Tata would oversee the Pentagon’s policy shop as the department reels from the coronavirus pandemic. As of Wednesday, 5,734 DoD personnel and dependents have been sickened by the virus, with 25 deaths. An aircraft carrier deployed in the Pacific, the USS Theodore Roosevelt, has been sidelined in Guam for almost a month after an outbreak onboard.

The department has also dispatched more than 50,000 personnel, including National Guardsmen, active-duty service members, and reservists, across the country to help communities fight the pandemic.

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