How worried are Americans about the coronavirus (COVID-19)? OH Predictive Insights conducted a poll consisting of Arizona voters. Only one-third of state voters are concerned about the virus. There were only six confirmed cases of coronavirus in the state at the time of this poll. The worst is yet to come.
The news has reported that the worst countries hit with coronavirus are China, Italy, and Iran, but U.S. health experts have now moved the status of coronavirus to the “pandemic” stage. An Iranian government video advising people to not be alarmed showed health officials speaking. Unfortunately, one of the men was clearly sick. His test was affirmative for the virus the next day.
U.S. and state health care officials have warned the COVID-19 was accelerating across the nation with over 1,000 confirmed cases. Donald Trump has altered the message of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and its website is not accurate as of Wednesday morning.
Chief of Research and Managing Partner of the OH Predictive Insights Mike Noble said that the Phoenix-based public opinion and market research company found:
‘Despite a barrage of news about sickened cruise ship passengers and quarantines, Arizonans appear less concerned about an outbreak here. The fear gripping the stock market and other countries haven’t caught on here.’
A full 44 percent of the likely Arizona voters are “Extremely” or “Moderately” worried about the virus spreading here. Only 35 percent believed it would come to their own state. Arizona is among the first to report a confirmed coronavirus case.
The Arizona Statewide survey was conducted on March 3 and March 4, 2020, with a sample of 600 respondents identified as likely voters. The company used a blended phone survey with a Margin of Error of +/-4,0%.
Among those who were concerned about the epidemic, only 46 percent approved of Trump’s handling the epidemic. There were 54 percent who disapproved. There was a noticeable difference between how the parties saw the president’s actions. For Republicans, 86 percent approved. For Democrats, 89 percent disapproved, and for Independents, 35 percent approved and 65 percent disapproved.
People in Arizona give the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) high marks: 75 percent approve, 14 percent disapproved.
There is consensus among voters across the political spectrum that the CDC is doing a good job, as well. Ninety percent of Republicans, 82 percent of Independents, and 80 percent of Democrats approve of the CDC’s actions.
OH Predictive Insights conducted this poll between March 3rd, 2020 and March 4th, 2020 among likely 2020 general election Arizona voters. It was a “blended phone poll” meaning it included cell and landline phones. The sample demographics included party affiliation, gender, region, and age. The company interviewed a random sample of 600 with a margin of error 4.0 +/- percent.
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