Among adults nationwide
How concerned are you, if at all, about the coronavirus or CIVID-19 outbreak?
Extremely/very concerned: 38%
Somewhat concerned: 42%
Not very/at all: 20%
RON’S COMMENT: Americans over 65 are more acutely concerned, but not dramatically so, than younger people. “Extremely/very concerned” among those 65+ is 45% vs. 39% for those 30-64 and 25% for those under 30…. Democrats more concerned: 51% of Democrats vs. 25% of Republicans are “extremely/very concerned.” Excerpts from poll report:
- The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) was the most trusted institution for accurate information about the virus, at 84%. Meanwhile, 70% trust state government, 67% trust their local governments and just 53% trust the federal government.
- 64% said they’d stopped shaking hands, and 93% said now they’re washing their hands with soap for at least 20 seconds.
- 46% had skipped or cancelled attending large gatherings in the past week.
- 82% said there was no difference in their own physical health over the past week (and about half of the rest said their health actually improved). 86% said their access to health care had not changed in the last week, while 9% said it had gotten worse.
- But 22% said their mental health had gotten worse, and 29 percent said their emotional well-being was taking a hit.
- One in five said they’ve been told to work from home, while one in three said they’ve been told to shift to teleconferencing rather than in-person meetings.
- One in four is finding it harder to do their job.
- 44% said it’s been harder to access food or other household needs. One in three tried but failed to buy hand sanitizer, while one in four couldn’t find toilet paper.