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

New Axios-Ipsos weekly poll (Wave 35) conducted January 8-11, 2021, finds six in 10 people saying they are at least somewhat likely to get the Covid vaccine as soon as it’s available. More than three-fourths expected the vaccine would be available to them within 6 months. As to the rate of rollout, most people (55%) think it’s not very likely that 100 million people will be vaccinated by late April.

People continue to report wearing a mask, with 92% report wearing a mask all or sometimes when leaving their home; 74% said “at all times”. Maintaining a 6-foot distance from other people “at all times” is noticeably lower, at 55%. While over 1/3 of Americans (36%) visited friends or relatives in the last week, 75% perceived attending in-person gatherings of friends and family outside their own households as being a large or moderate risk. More than 3/4 said they stayed home last week as much as possible.

The pandemic continues to take an emotional toll. More than one in five (21%) said they had somewhat or very poor mental health. Only 29% rated their mental health as “very good” – the lowest ratings since the end of May.

The decline in trust in federal government remains low at 36%. However, about 70% trusted CDC information. Just over 1/4 (27%) had a great deal or fair amount of trust in Donald Trump, compared to over half (56%) who had a great deal or fair amount of trust in Joe Biden. Over half still support state and local government. Trust in one’s employer has stayed high, at 73%, though down from 80% seen May 1. About 2/3 trust local police and law enforcement (66%).

The latest Coronavirus Index poll is Wave 35 of near-weekly surveys conducted by Axios-Ipsos. The current poll has a margin of sampling error of 3.4 percentage points. The poll was taken after the Capitol riot in Washington DC, but before the President’s impeachment.

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: Early May Views on Coronavirus, Pew Research Center

Poll conducted April 29 to May 5, 2020 in the United States by the Pew Research Center found that 88% of Americans think the coronavirus outbreak is a major threat to the U.S. economy. About 2/3 (64%) see the outbreak as a major threat to the health of the US population. While members of both political parties are fairly close on their view on the economy, Democrats are much more concerned than Republicans, about the impact of the coronavirus on the health of the population as a whole. Local hospitals (88%) and national Public Health officials such as the CDC received the highest ratings in responding to the coronavirus outbreak, followed by elected local and state officials. Less than half (46%) thought the media was doing a good or excellent job on coronavirus reporting, a switch from the March poll. President Trump’s rating for doing a good or excellent job on his coronavirus response slipped to 41%. As for COVID-19 testing, 61% saw this as mostly or entirely under the responsibility of the federal government. Democrat and moderate Republicans agreed on federal responsibility, while conservative Republicans felt this was primarily a state responsibility. A majority of all age groups, especially people ages 18 to 49, emphasized federal responsibility.  Survey of about 11,000 adults was part of the American Trends Panel Survey. The margin of error is about 1.4 percentage points.

In the earlier March 19-24 poll, only 32% of men saw coronavirus as a major threat to their personal health, compared to 40% of women.  This is of concern, since men have been found to have a higher death rate from COVID-19. Forty-seven percent (47%) of people age 65+ saw coronavirus as a major threat to their health.

Poll: Global Views on Coronavirus February 2020

Recent poll of about 8000 adults in the US, Canada, Australia, France, Germany, Japan, Russia and the United Kingdom about the coronavirus threat. Survey was conducted February 7-9, 2020, online, by Ipsos.

Poll: Updated US Views on Coronavirus mid-March 2020

Updated poll in the United States by NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist on what Americans think about coronavirus disease. The March poll showed 70% of people were concerned about the spread of coronavirus to their community, up from 44% in February. However, the number who saw coronavirus as a real threat declined by 10 points to 56%. While most people still see it as a threat, more than a third (38%) think it’s blown out of proportion. A majority of Republicans think it has been blown out of proportion. Greatest trust in the information people hear about coronavirus, was placed in public health experts (84%), followed by state and local governments (72%). Lowest trust (37%) was placed in information from President Trump. The poll was conducted on March 13-14, 2020. The margin of error is about 5 percentage points.

Poll: US Views on Coronavirus early February 2020

Poll in the United States by NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist on what Americans think about the new coronavirus disease. The poll was conducted between January 31 and February 1, 2020. The margin of error is about 5 percentage points.

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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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