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According to Knoema, a growing number of social protests have emerged in many states around the US in the last month regarding lockdown measures in place to combat the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic

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Knoema reports that over 150 major protests have taken place in 44 states around the country, with an average of 333 protesters at each event. ~

These protests have remained predominantly peaceful. Many protesters have been seen bearing signs and banners showing their support for relaxed Coronavirus containment measures, and hundreds of Americans have been seen driving by and honking their car horns outside of state capitol buildings. Around the country, police have only had to intervene to arrest a handful of individual protesters in Columbus, Ohio and Raleigh, North Carolina. These peaceful protests have received direct support from President Donald Trump, who most notably showed his support via twitter, tweeting for state politicians to ‘LIBERATE’ US states from COVID-19 restrictions. ~

According to a recent survey from the University of Chicago Divinity School and The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research, 55% of Americans disapprove of the social protests that have erupted around the United States, while 31% approve of the demonstrations. The poll also found that the issue is viewed differently from each political party, with Democrats being more likely than Republicans to disapprove of such protests, 67% to 51%. Thirty-two percent of Republicans and 25% of Democrats say they approve of the protests. ~

The U.S. unemployment rate jumped to 14.7 percent in April, the highest level since the Great Depression, as 36.8 million Americans filed for unemployment over the span of the last nine weeks due to the global economic crisis caused by the Coronavirus pandemic. With 2.4 million Americans filing last week, the effects of Coronavirus containment measures on the American and global economy continue to be the driving force of these social protests. ~

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