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

Axios-Ipsos weekly poll (Wave 51) conducted Aug. 13-16, 2021, finds the perception of risks of in-person gatherings having increased since the end of July. Now, 52% perceive such gatherings as a large or moderate risk, compared to 46% in the July 30-Aug. 2 poll.

Mask-wearing has increased somewhat, with 63% report wearing a mask all or sometimes when leaving their home, compared to 57% in the prior survey wave. A majority support both employee vaccination requirements, and mask wearing in both public places and in schools. Levels of concern about coronavirus did not change significantly.

Trust in both the federal government and the CDC have slipped. While higher than pre-election 2020 levels, trust in the federal government declined from its peak in May 2021. Now, only 39% have a great deal or fair amount of confidence that the federal government provides accurate information about coronavirus or COVID19. Confidence in the CDC continued its decline from the beginning of the pandemic and its peak in trust in March of 2020. It is now at 62%.

The latest Coronavirus Index poll is Wave 51 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 Monitor Survey: Sept. 2021 (KFF) Editor's Pick

A new survey finds 12% of people will “definitely not” get the COVID-19 vaccine, even if required. Vaccine Monitor Survey was conducted by KFF (Kaiser Family Foundation) September 13-22, 2021. Among those who have been recently vaccinated, the top reasons to get the shot were: “Someone they know got seriously ill or died” from Covid; they “wanted to participate in certain activities that required vaccination”; they had concerns about local hospitals and ICUs filling up with Covid patients; and they saw an “increase in cases due to the Delta variant”. Vaccinated people had different explanations for the recent surge, citing people not taking enough precautions such as masks and social distancing, people refusing the vaccine, a more infectious Delta variant and lifting mask mandates and other restrictions too soon. A majority of unvaccinated people explained the surge as the vaccines not being as effective as expected in preventing the spread. As political divides continue to be studied, generally Democrats and Independents cited the same top 4 reasons for the surge as vaccinated people did. Surprisingly, however, 55% of Republicans said the major reason for high case numbers was immigrants and tourists bringing COVID-10 into the U.S. None of the other 4 factors were seen by a Republican majority as a major reason. The margin of error is +/- 3 points on the full sample.

Current Gallup Poll on Coronavirus Pandemic

Find poll results from Gallup on what people think about the coronavirus pandemic. Latest wave is from mid-August 2021. The number of people who are “somewhat” or “very” worried about getting Covid, went up to 40%, compared to 29% in July 2021. One of the main reasons for not getting the vaccine was waiting for full FDA approval, which happened just after the survey was done. A full 23% of people don’t plan to get vaccinated even with full FDA approval of the vaccine, and at no cost. A majority supported requiring vaccination and masks in schools. A majority (63%) now believe the disruption to travel, schools and public events will last past the end of 2021. This is a 21-point jump up since July. See the tracking on many aspects of people’s thinking, over the course of the pandemic.

Poll: Global Views on Coronavirus February 2022 (Ipsos)

Recent poll of more than 20,500 people (mostly ages 16 to 74) in 30 countries across the world, including the US, Russia, China, India, Germany, Poland, France and the UK about the coronavirus pandemic, about 2 years after it started. Ipsos specifically asked about support for vaccination mandates. Survey was conducted January 21 and Feb. 4, 2022, online, by Ipsos.

Poll: US Views on Coronavirus, late August 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, booster shots, and the economy. The poll was conducted in late August, 2021. The margin of error is about 3.8 percentage points.

Poll: Views on COVID-19, Pew Research Center

Polls regarding people’s views on COVID-19 and the coronavirus pandemic, conducted over the past year by the Pew Research Center. One of the more interesting recent polls (January 2022) found that just 37% of Americans were following pandemic news closely. Democrats at 45% were following news more closely than Republicans (30%). In February, more people (71%) were concerned about strengthening the economy, than were concerned about the coronavirus outbreak (60%). The Pew Research category is titled Covid-19 and Politics.

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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 slipped in priority over the course of 2020. While the coronavirus outbreak was a major concern at the time of early Sept. survey, the economy was 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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