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COVID-19 Impact Study_Meeting Street Insights

Voter Outlook on the Likelihood and Impact of COVID-19

Jill Pellicano

Part four in our national survey series How Coronavirus is Changing America

In every way, for virtually every American, COVID-19 has impacted daily life. So far, we’ve taken a closer look at a few key areas: the federal stimulus package, the economy, and the emotional toll of the pandemic. In our fourth and final post in the series, we look at voter opinions on the outbreak itself.

“We will all have to change our way of thinking and living.  The virus will be here for a long time.  So we will need to adapt.”

–Independent voter from the Midwest

We cover a wide range of topics with American voters, including how long they think it will last and how worried they are about infection for themselves and their families. With so many ripple effects of the virus, we also wanted people to explain their priorities — what specific impacts were they most concerned about, and how much did that change based on demographics? As with so many aspects of American life, responses differed based on characteristics such as age, race, gender, and political affiliation.

Download the ebook for a detailed look at how different groups view the future of COVID-19 in America.

For a comprehensive look at American voter sentiment related to the Coronavirus, read the other studies, The Federal Stimulus, The Economic Fallout, and Emotional Responses.

Study Highlights

  • The majority (68%) of Americans expect the outbreak will last until the summer or beyond.
  • Biden supporters tend to say the Coronavirus outbreak will last longer than Trump supporters.
  • Across party lines, almost all American voters polled express worry about the economy (91%) and our nation’s health care system (90%). 
  • Fewer than one-in-five voters surveyed say they know someone who has been infected, yet more than three-in-four are worried about infection.
  • Every generation is worried about infection, but Millennials are the most worried.

This data comes from a Meeting Street Insights national online survey of 1,000 registered voters conducted March 29 – April 1, 2020.

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