What leaders think about coronavirus in Memphis

May 1, 2020 7:00am
By Ray Padilla
Memphis, TN Correspondent

Local restrictions in Shelby County got a favorable response, while Gov. Bill Lee's order to reopen restaurants and retail in rural areas largely got a subpar rating, according to the latest Memphis Power Poll results.

Local restrictions in Shelby County got a favorable response, while Gov. Bill Lee's order to reopen restaurants and retail in rural areas largely got a subpar rating, according to the latest Memphis Power Poll results released Thursday.

The Power Poll is a monthly survey sent to more than 425 influential business, political, nonprofit and cultural leaders in the Bluff City, presented by The Commercial Appeal.

The April Power Poll, conducted the last week of the month, focused on decisions made at the local level regarding COVID-19, including testing availability, education and business restrictions.

While the opinion on testing availability seems moderate to low, the view on business restrictions was voted high with over 80 percent of the respondents saying it was "very good" or "good." 

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The state response from Gov. Bill Lee got a tepid response, with nearly 50 percent saying it is a "poor" decision to let some businesses reopen as early as next week.

The April Memphis Power Poll: 

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