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What leaders think about coronavirus in Memphis

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

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." 

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: 

How would you rate availability of testing for COVID-19 in Shelby County?

  • 5.13% - Very good
  • 33.33% - Good
  • 43.59% - Fair
  • 19.95% - Poor

A disproportionate number of African Americans in Shelby County have died from COVID-19 or tested positive for the novel coronavirus. How would you rate local government and health officials’ efforts to provide testing and get information in majority-black neighborhoods?

  • 11.54% - Very good
  • 32.05% - Good
  • 42.31% - Fair
  • 14.10% - Poor

How would you rate the communication and learning options from your child’s school during the COVID-19-related closures?

  • 42.31% - Very good
  • 43.59% - Good
  • 8.97% -Fair
  • 5.13% - Poor

What is your view of the local restrictions placed on gatherings and businesses?

  • 41.31% - Very good
  • 43.59% - Good
  • 8.97% - Fair
  • 5.13% - Poor

What is your view of Gov. Bill Lee’s decision to reopen some business around the state as early as this week?

  • 12.82% - Very good
  • 11.54% - Good
  • 28.21% - Fair
  • 47.44% - Poor

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