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Axios-Ipsos Weekly Views about Coronavirus (May 2021 update)

New Axios-Ipsos weekly poll (Wave 46) conducted May 21-24, 2021, finds 3/4 of adults saying they either have already had the Covid vaccine, or are at least somewhat likely to get it as soon as it’s available. Almost one in 5 (17%) are not at all likely to get the vaccine, and 7% report they would like to wait a year or more after it’s first available. These groups have shrunk in size from the “nevers” last September (23%) and “wait a year” (18% last September). For parents of children under age 18, almost half (46%) plan to get their child vaccinated against Covid.

People continue to report wearing a mask, with 76% report wearing a mask all or sometimes when leaving their home. However, just 45% said “at all times”. It is worth noting, that in the prior week’s survey, vaccinated people were almost 20 points more likely than the un-vaccinated to report adhering to masking protocols. A majority of Americans (63%) visited friends or relatives in the last week and 58% had gone out to eat. Just 1/3 perceived attending in-person gatherings of friends and family outside their own households as being a large or moderate risk. Only 4 in 10 said they stayed home last week as much as possible, which is understandable as CDC removed restrictive guidance for those who are vaccinated. Six in 10 perceived returning to their normal pre-coronavirus life as having small to no risk.

The CDC is still well regarded; about 2/3 (66%) trust CDC information on Covid and the coronavirus. Trust in state government information on Covid (55%) was similar to trust levels in information from the “federal government” (53%). Just over half (55%) had a great deal or fair amount of trust in Joe Biden. Generally, people trusted Covid information from their family and friends (63%), which is almost as much as the CDC. Finally, 82% know someone who has tested positive for coronavirus. Over 1/3 of people reported personally knowing someone who died from the disease.

The latest Coronavirus Index poll is Wave 46 of near-weekly surveys conducted by Axios-Ipsos. The current poll has a margin of sampling error of 3.2 percentage points.

COVID-19 Vaccine Survey: December 2020 (KFF) Editor's Pick

A new survey finds 71% of people will “definitely” or “probably” get the COVID-19 vaccine. Survey was conducted by KFF (Kaiser Family Foundation) the first week of December 2020. A number of groups, however, are hesitant: Republicans, people ages 30-49, rural residents, and Black adults. The most common concern is possible side effects. More than half (53%) of those reluctant to get the vaccine wanted to “wait and see” how it works for other people first; for hesitant Black adults, 71% were taking a wait-and-see approach. Republicans’ top two reasons for being hesitant to get the vaccine were “The risks of COVID-19 are being exaggerated”, and they “do not trust the government to make sure the vaccine is safe and effective.” Furthermore, 71% of Republicans saw vaccination as a personal choice rather than part of everyone’s responsibility” to protect health. Generally, among people who said they would “definitely not” get the vaccine, fewer than half of wear a face mask consistently in public; two-thirds had one or more misconceptions about mask-wearing. All groups tended to trust their own doctor (85% overall) for reliable information about the vaccine. More than 3/4 of Republicans (78%) also trust President Trump a great deal or fair amount to provide reliable COVID-19 vaccine information.

Current Gallup Poll on Coronavirus Pandemic

Find post-election poll results from Gallup on what people think about the coronavirus pandemic. Latest wave is from the second half of November 2020. Just over 2/3 of people think it’s better to stay home than to lead normal lives. When asked if they would agree to be vaccinated, if an FDA-approved vaccine to prevent coronavirus/COVID-19 was available right now at no cost, 63% said yes (up 5 points since last month). Half of people reported mostly (or completely) isolating themselves; 15% reported making no attempt to isolate themselves from others outside their household. While 75% have avoided large crowds in the past 7 days; just half have avoided small group gatherings. See the tracking on many aspects of people’s thinking, over the course of the pandemic.

Poll: Global Views on Coronavirus January 2021 (Ipsos)

Recent poll of about 8000 adults in the US, Canada, Australia, France, Germany, Japan, Russia and the United Kingdom about the coronavirus pandemic, one year after it started. Ipsos found that people from six of eight major countries are less confident in their government’s ability to deal with COVID-19 than last year – including in the US. By contrast, trust in healthcare professionals went up in the US and 5 other countries. Survey was conducted January 28-31, 2021, online, by Ipsos.

Poll: US Views on Coronavirus early March 2021

Poll in the United States by NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist on what Americans think about the pandemic. Topics include Biden’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic, likelihood to get vaccinated, and the economy. The poll was conducted in March 3-8, 2021. The margin of error is about 3.4 percentage points.

Poll: Views on Coronavirus, Pew Research Center

Polls regarding people’s views on coronavirus and the COVID-19 pandemic, conducted over the past year by the Pew Research Center. One of the more interesting recent polls (March 2021) found that 70% of Americans supported the 1.9 Trillion “coronavirus economic aid package”. A majority of people across all age groups, ethnicity, income and sex supported it. The only group identified that did not were segments of the Republican party. Even liberal Republicans and conservative Democrats supported it, despite the size of the spending.

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Gallup Poll: Concern with Drug Costs and COVID Response (2020)

Gallup poll from May 2020 shows more than half (55%) are concerned about rising drug costs. Rates of concern about rising drug prices were highest among Democrats and Independents. In addition, people were very concerned that drug companies would take advantage of the COVID-19 pandemic to increase drug prices. Almost 9 of 10 Americans (88%) expressed a lack of trust in pharmaceutical industry pricing practices. Additional results show 41% were very concerned about rising health insurance premiums, and rising healthcare costs. More than half (57%) of respondents rated the national response to COVID-19 as fair or poor. Telephone survey of adults by Gallup-West Health Cost of Healthcare Study was published June 18, 2020.

How Important is Health Care in 2020? (KFF Survey)

Kaiser Health Tracking Poll (KFF survey) shows health care concerns have slipped in priority over the course of 2020. While the coronavirus outbreak is a major concern, the economy is the top single issue among registered voters in the upcoming Presidential election. Coronavirus was the #2 most important single issue in deciding their vote for president. Concern over criminal justice and policing, as well as race relations, bumped health care (in general) to the #5 slot. Misconceptions about Coronavirus facts were also probed. Nearly half of people believed at least one misconception. The largest misconception was that hydroxychloroquine is an effective treatment for COVID-19 (it’s not); 51% of Republicans believe it is, as did 1/5 of Independents. At least 1/3 of Republicans had misconceptions about wearing face masks.

When asked specifically about health care, people mentioned increasing access or universal coverage most often, followed by healthcare costs, then the Coronavirus/COVID-19 outbreak, and Medicare or senior concerns. This is a fairly sharp contrast to last year’s survey, whcih named lowering prescription drug costs, maintaining the ACA’s pre-existing condition protections, lowering the amount people pay for health care, and protecting patients from having to pay surprise high out-of-network medical bills. Among Republican voters, repealing the Affordable Care Act (ACA) was no longer a most important health care issue in the upcoming election. Political party affiliation was identified for each respondent, including Independents. Telephone survey of 1,199 adults, by the Kaiser Family Foundation August 28 to September 3, 2020.

Physician Satisfaction and Concerns 2020 Survey Results

Biennial Survey results for 2020 describe physician concerns related to the coronavirus pandemic. Most physicians believe the pandemic will not be under control until 2021, with about half believing it will be after June 1, 2021. Over 40% have reduced staff due to COVID-19, and almost 3/4 have had a reduction in their income. Almost 3/4 predicted about serious consequences for patient health because patients delayed getting care they needed during the pandemic. Doctors expect telemedicine to continue to increase in their practices, but only if reimbursement rates are comparable to in-person visits. Reports on Parts 2 and 3 of the survey address the impact of COVID-19 on physician well-being and satisfaction, as well as the impact on the healthcare system. The survey by Merritt Hawkins for The Physicians Foundation, was conducted during the last half of July, 2020, about 3,500 respondents, and released August 2020. Findings in Parts 2 and 3 were released in September and October 2020.

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