New poll conducted May 15-May 18, shows that more than one in three Americans (38%) has visited friends or relatives in the last week. This is double the levels in early to mid-April, as support for social distancing begins to wane. Over 1/3 (36%) perceived attending in-person gatherings of friends and family outside their own households as being a small or no risk. About one-third of respondents think returning to their normal pre-coronavirus life is just a “small”, or “no risk” to their health and well-being. While 87% reported staying at home and avoiding others as much as possible, nearly half (49%) visited a retail store in the last week. Almost 2/3 (64%) saw shopping at retail stores as having a large or moderate risk to their own health and well-being, the same perception of risk was for attending in-person gatherings of friends and family outside their household. Just over half (52%) saw going to the grocery store as a large or moderate risk, down from 70% in the April 10 Wave.
The percentages of people who tried to buy disinfecting wipes or spray, hand sanitizer or toilet paper, but were unable to, were 39%, 29% and 16% respectively in Wave 10. The improvement reflects a better supply chain from four weeks earlier, except for wipes. However, 12% reported trying to buy meat, but unable to find it. About two-thirds have now received stimulus money from the government.
The number of survey participants who were extremely or very concerned about the coronavirus outbreak stayed at 59% this week. While that is still a majority of people, it is down from its peak of 66% in early April. More people report wearing a mask, now up to 79% who wear a mask all or sometimes. Trust in one’s employer has increased to 78%, from 68% in mid-March. Trust in federal government, however, continues to decline, to 37%. More than 60% still support state and local government.
Americans are concerned at the same time, about both the economy and the health risks from coronavirus. The recent wave reports that 90% of respondents were concerned about the US economy collapsing during the coronavirus outbreak. A three-fourths majority (74%) were concerned about their community re-opening too soon. The level of concern (“extremely” or “very” concerned) was higher toward the economy. The latest Coronavirus Index poll is Wave 10 of ten weeks, conducted by Axios-Ipsos. The current poll has a margin of sampling error of 3.3 percentage points.
Highlights from other waves: In Wave 4 (Apr. 3-6), anxiety levels were up, and were higher among people working from home, than working normally. The late March (Wave 3) survey showed at least 50% of all age groups, geographic regions (except the Midwest) and political affiliations were self-quarantining. The largest increases at that time were seen in the Northeast (59% had self-quarantined compared to 35% the week earlier) and by Republicans (50% quarantined compared to 32% the prior week.)
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.
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.
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 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.