December 25, 2020 6:00am

December Power Poll Results

This month's Memphis Power Poll touched on topics including vaccination, return to school and COVID-19 relief.

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By Dann Miller
Memphis, TN Correspondent
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The first doses of the COVID-19 vaccine were administered this week and Memphians are looking forward to getting it as soon as possible, 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. The poll is presented by The Commercial Appeal and sponsored by BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee and DVL Seigenthaler - Finn Partners.

The December Power Poll focused on several different topics in the news recently.

Of those polled, 71 percent said they would get the vaccine as possible, while another 15 percent said they would wait until others received it.

In other topics, 57 percent of respondents said they agreed with the decision by Shelby County Schools to delay return to in-person learning, but believe kids need to get back as soon as possible.

When asked about the presidential election, 88 percent felt it was fair.

The December Memphis Power Poll:

Are you planning to get a COVID-19 vaccine?

  • 70.7% - Yes: As soon as I am able.
  • 14.7% - Yes: But after other people have received it. I don't want to be first.
  • 13.3% - Yes: But I will wait a few months.
  •   1.3% - No: I do not plan to get it.

What do you think of the decision by Shelby County Schools to postpone kids returning to in-person learning next month?

  • 26.7% - I agree, and they should probably just plan to stay virtual all year.
  • 57.3% - I agree, but they need to get kids back in class as soon as possible.
  • 16.0% - I disagree. The kids need to be back in school now.

Do you believe the presidential election was fair?

  • 88% - Yes
  • 12% - No

What do you think are the two most critical items that need to be included in any COVID-19 aid package? (Ranked in order)

  • 1 - Supplemental unemployment benefits
  • 2 - Another round of PPP loans
  • 3 - Stimulus checks for every person
  • 4 - Aid for state and local governments
  • 5 - Liability protections

Looking forward into 2021, when do you think life will start to feel like it's getting back to normal?

  • 1.3% - February-March
  • 17.3% - April-May
  • 44% - June-July
  • 37.3% - August or later

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About Power Poll: Power Poll asks questions of the most powerful, influential people in U.S. cities. It is not a scientific survey. But because the people responding to the surveys comprise the leadership structure of their cities, the results afford a fascinating glimpse into the thoughts, opinions, and beliefs of those in a position to make change. Power Poll is distinctly nonpartisan.

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