Public opinion on Coronavirus

Understanding COVID-19 from the perspective of people and society

  • We rounded up all our hard coronavirus polling data in one place. Click here to dig in to it.
  • Two-thirds of Americans report that the country is headed in the wrong direction – the highest percentage since President Trump took office in January 2017, according to the Reuters/Ipsos Core Political tracker. Read more here.

  • Three-quarters of Americans are concerned about their community reopening too soon – the highest level since Axios-Ipsos Coronavirus Index polling began. More than three-quarters are at least somewhat concerned about the possibility of getting sick – 9 percentage points higher than the beginning of June. Read more here.
  • President Trump’s numbers right now are dampened by three factors: uncertainty around the coronavirus, depressed consumer confidence, and the George Floyd murder and related protests. If all three are still relevant in November, game over for Trump, writes Ipsos U.S. Public Affairs President Cliff Young. Read more here.

  • By a margin of almost four to one (56% to 15%), most Americans believe the U.S. is reopening the economy too quickly rather than too slowly, according to the latest ABC News/Ipsos poll. An additional 29% believe the economy is being reopened at the right pace. Read more here.
  • How much does the world still worry about the coronavirus? It's been decreasing the last two months – but it's still the top item on Ipsos' What Worries the World poll. Read more here.
  • We asked 16,000 people across the world which coronavirus theories they believe (or don't). Here's what they told us. Watch here.
  • More than four in five Americans say they’re likely to stay home if there’s a new spike of virus cases in their area, according to the Axios-Ipsos Coronavirus Index. Read more here.
  • Americans living in states like Florida, Texas and Arizona, which were quick to open and are now seeing a sudden spike in newly reported coronavirus cases, are particularly concerned about a possible second wave of the virus. Read more here.
  • The rising number of coronavirus cases has reversed America's drive to reopen the economy, writes Ipsos U.S. Public Affairs President Clifford Young. Read more in Cliff's Take.
  • How has the coronavirus affected America's mental health? Younger Americans are less likely to see their mental health as very good or excellent, and they report higher stress and anxiety when compared to older generations since the start of COVID-19. Read more here
  • How will the coronavirus affect the market research industry long-term? Pierre Le Manh, CEO of Ipsos North America, gave a broader perspective on the global view across multiple aspects of the market research industry in GreenBook's Insights Leaders Roundtable podcast. Listen here.
  • A majority of people in 14 major countries support the peaceful protests that have taken place across the United States after the death of George Floyd. Read more here.
  • A majority of people in nine out of 16 major countries across the world believe there are bigger issues than the coronavirus amid protests over racial injustice. Read more here.
  • Cities and states are reopening across the U.S., but talk of a second wave of the coronavirus is growing, and more Americans are starting to think “normal” activities are risky, according to the Axios-Ipsos Coronavirus Index. Read more here.
  • A majority of the American public supports banning chokeholds, but reckoning with the Confederacy's past is more complicated, according to ABC News/Ipsos polling. Read more here.
  • The protests are more likely to determine who will be the denizen of the White House in 2021 than COVID-19, writes Ipsos U.S. Public Affairs President Clifford Young. Read more here in Cliff's Take.
  • Fewer Americans think the country is headed in the right direction, according to polling for Ipsos' What Worries the World series. Read more here.
  • The number of Americans concerned that they, or someone they know, will be infected with the coronavirus, is dropping — down to levels we haven't seen since early March, in the early days of the crisis in America, according to the latest ABC News/Ipsos poll. Read more here.
  • 43% of Americans approve of President Trump's handling of the coronavirus, according to the latest Reuters/Ipsos Core Political survey. Read more here.
  • The U.S. surprised people around the world when it gained back some of the monumental number of jobs lost during the crisis. But many older workers — who often find it difficult to find a new job — are still doubtful that jobs will quickly return. Read more here.
  • Here's how many people around the world believe myths and unproven theories about how the coronavirus spreads. Read more here.
  • Should coronavirus economic aid only be given to businesses that reduce their carbon footprint? A new Ipsos survey on behalf of the World Economic Forum shows that global public opinion is divided. Read more here.

  • One in ten Americans say someone in their immediate family or close circle of friends attended an in-person protest or demonstration in the last week — but 86% of Americans see going to protests to be a large or moderate risk to their health. Read more here.
  • Women are feeling the full effects of a downturn in the economy and the pressure of stay-at-home orders. How do they want the nation to recover, and are they willing to play politics to do so? Read more here.
  • Climate change is as significant a threat as coronavirus in the long term. What can the coronavirus crisis teach us about the climate crisis? Read more here.
  • Three-quarters (74%) of Americans believe the killing of George Floyd is part of a broader problem in the treatment of African Americans by police — including virtually all Democrats (92%) and African Americans (94%), according to new ABC News/Ipsos polling. Read more here.
  • COVID-19 has only brought into clear relief the huge experiential gulf between people of color and white America, writes Ipsos Public Affairs President Clifford Young. Now, in the wake of George Floyd's killing, America is starting to confront the divide. Read more here in Cliff's Take.
  • Three-quarters of people in the U.S. and 15 other countries around the world expect their government to make protection of the environment a priority when planning a recovery from the coronavirus pandemic. Read more here.
  • New Reuters/Ipsos polling finds that 73% of Americans — including 59% of Republicans — approve of the peaceful protests that have taken place across the country since George Floyd was killed. Read more here.

  • Lockdowns are ending and Americans are out and about again — but many don't believe their neighbors will follow common-sense social distancing policies in public. Read more here.

  • A majority of people in nine out of 16 countries — but not the U.S. — think opening businesses now puts too many people at risk of contracting the coronavirus. Read more here.

  • A third of black Americans report their personal finances are in poor shape right now, almost twice the level seen among whites (18%), according to the Axios-Ipsos Coronavirus Index. Read more here.

  • Racism in public health, employment, and policing are coming to a head in America. Here's why. Read more here.

  • Despite sky-high unemployment rates, many people believe that the current situation is temporary and will quickly correct to course once the economy restarts. Read more here.
  • Most Americans (69%) agree that people who are protesting to reopen states are endangering the lives of others, including a narrow majority of Republicans, according to a new Public Agenda/USA Today/Ipsos Hidden Common Ground Survey. Read more here.
  • Americans in the South and less urban areas are bolder about ignoring social distancing measures than their coastal urban counterparts, according to data from the Ipsos Biosurveillance Atlas. Read more in Cliff's Take from Ipsos Public Affairs President Clifford Young
  • Women are more likely than men to admit they are overeating and under exercising during the pandemic in the U.S. and 14 out of the 15 other countries surveyed by Ipsos. Read more here.
  • Teachers and parents expect schools to reopen in the fall, according to a new USA Today/Ipsos poll, but if they do, 20% of teachers might leave the profession. Read more here.
  • President Trump’s Twitter-verse messaging on China feeds into public opinion — with dangerous consequences. Read more here.
  • More than a quarter of Americans say they’re suffering from anxiety because of the coronavirus pandemic. Read more here.
  • Among people who are not interested in receiving a coronavirus vaccine, the most common reason cited is nervousness about a vaccine that has been approved so quickly, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll. Read more here.

  • Fewer than one in five Americans say they know anyone who has died from the coronavirus or its complications — but there are significant differences between white and non-white Americans, according to the latest ABC News/Ipsos poll. Read more here.

  • People can’t resist the temptation to meet up with friends and family, though many of us are still following some social distancing measures, like wearing masks and staying six feet apart, writes Ipsos Public Affairs President Clifford Young. Read more here.
  • Higher education plans remain unchanged for the majority of high school families despite challenges introduced by the coronavirus, according to a new Sallie Mae/Ipsos study. Read more here.
  • Americans say they would be more likely to take part in a contact tracing program if they test positive for the coronavirus, according to the Axios-Ipsos Coronavirus Index. Read more here.
  • A majority of people in the U.S. — and 8 out of 15 other countries surveyed by Ipsos — say they’re comfortable with returning to workplace. But only two countries have majorities of people who are comfortable with their kids going back to school. Read more here.
  • Though the anti-vaccination movement has been highly visible of late, 74% of Americans would still get a coronavirus vaccine if one were developed. Read more here.
  • Nearly three in four (73%) Americans believe there is a shortage of coronavirus tests available in the U.S., according to an ABC News/Ipsos poll. But there’s a huge difference in the belief between Democrats and Republicans. Read more here.
  • A third (36%) of people who still leave their homes to go to work say they are coming into close contact with 10 or more people in a typical work day, and an additional 41% are coming into close contact with between 1 and 9 people in a typical day, according to a Washington Post-Ipsos poll. Read more here.
  • The number of people watching the news more often is falling, and 72% of people say keeping up with coronavirus news is overwhelming, according to a new Newsy/Ipsos poll. Read more here.

  • A strong majority of Americans (64%) continue to see the external COVID-19 world as very risky. This is a reality that politicians must heed, writes Ipsos Public Affairs President Clifford Young. Read more here.

  • Opening up the economy might mean less personal privacy. But who runs a mobile contact tracing program can make or break its limited support. Read more here.

  • Contact tracing can help fight the coronavirus, but people are skeptical of government apps. Read more here.
  • 71% of Americans approve of the way their state’s governor is handling the coronavirus outbreak, while 43% approve of how President Trump is handling it, according to Washington Post-Ipsos data. Read more here.
  • Three quarters of Americans are in favor of requiring mail-in ballots for the general election, while a sizeable minority (42%) would favor postponing the election to a specific date in the future – an unprecedented move. Read more here.

  • Sixty percent of laid off workers tried to apply for unemployment benefits since March 1st, but only 28% have received benefits, according to Washington Post-Ipsos poll. Read more here.
  • Nearly 40% of Americans are using video chat platforms for the first time, according to a new Ipsos survey conducted on behalf of the Mozilla Foundation. However, some concerns over data privacy and information sharing have emerged as a result of increased usage. Read more here.

  • Amid America's Great Depression-level economic numbers, consumer confidence remains irrationally high, writes Ipsos Public Affairs President Clifford Young. Read more here

  • Sixty-four percent of Americans say opening the country now is not worth it because it will mean more lives being lost, according to the latest ABC News/Ipsos poll. Read more here.

  • Trust in states and the federal government is slipping during lockdown — especially in states where governors are rushing to reopen for business. Read more here.
  • The coronavirus is not impacting all Americans equally, with those enduring greater financial hardship also reporting the most emotional and physical strain. Read more here.

  • Is social distancing starting to fray? More than a quarter of Americans reported visiting friends and family in the past week, up from only 19% in mid-April, according to the latest Axios-Ipsos Coronavirus Index. Read more here.

  • People in Japan and the hard-hit countries of Spain and France are unhappy with their governments' responses to coronavirus — but people in India, Australia, Canada and Germany are more satisfied. Read more here

  • About a quarter of Americans said they would return to live concerts, theaters and movie theaters as soon as they reopen to the public, but one-third said they would wait until there is a proven vaccine, according to a recent Reuters/Ipsos poll. Read more here.

  • With new coronavirus cases reaching their peak — and cases leveling off or starting to decline — jobs are now the most important issue for Americans. Read more in Cliff's Take, from Ipsos Public Affairs President Clifford Young.
  • Even if social distancing restrictions were lifted tomorrow, most people are unlikely to return to pre-coronavirus activities, a new ABC News/Ipsos poll shows. Read more here.

  • As millions of workers in America and around the world are being furloughed or laid off due to the coronavirus pandemic, a new Ipsos survey highlights how work is more than just a paycheck for many people. Read more here.
  • In the age of coronavirus, people across the world are all worried about the same things — and it's not just the virus. Read more here.

  • High income households are more likely to want businesses to reopen, even if the coronavirus isn’t contained. Read more here.
  • People want to open up the economy, but don’t necessarily want to risk going out themselves. Here's what that means. Read more.

  • People around the world in 14 major countries are divided over whether the economy should open if the coronavirus is not fully contained. Read more here.

  • An ABC News/Ipsos Poll shows Americans support social distancing policies and fear reopening the economy too early. Read more here.

  • Cliff’s Take: To ease up or not to ease up? America weighs the options. Read the full roundup of the latest public opinion and news from Ipsos U.S. Public Affairs President Clifford Young here.

  • An exclusive Ipsos KnowledgePanel poll shows former Vice President Joe Biden holds a narrow lead over President Trump in Michigan and Pennsylvania. A majority also say the healthcare system and the national response to coronavirus are headed in the wrong direction. Read more here
  • A majority of Republicans and Democrats agree that they want the environmental gains we are seeing now to continue once social distancing restrictions are relaxed. Read more here.
  • Most people in the U.S. and around the world agree: Climate change is as serious a crisis as the coronavirus. Read more here.
  • Revisit our interactive "Ask us anything" webinar examining how public mood is changing as a result of the coronavirus, where concerns are most focused now, and how the crisis is affecting Americans' behavior. Watch here
  • As the coronavirus pushes all other issues to the margins, how will the pandemic affect the still-upcoming elections? Join the Ipsos political polling team for a webinar on the latest public opinion trends to help you separate the signal from the noise.

  • Partisanship is reemerging in American politics: Republicans are increasingly likely to minimize the risk of the coronavirus pandemic while Democratic trust of the federal government response continues to erode, according to the sixth week of the Axios-Ipsos Coronavirus Index. Read more here
  • Will the economy really bounce back? In 10 out of the 15 countries Ipsos surveyed, a majority of people believe a quick economic recovery is unlikely once the pandemic lockdown is lifted — and hard-hit European countries are the most skeptical. Read more here.
  • One of the most divided countries on the bounceback is the world's largest economy — the United States — where 49% of people don't believe the economy will recover quickly, while 43% think it will happen. Read more here
  • It's all about health and jobs right now — but when push comes to shove, health wins, writes Ipsos U.S. Public Affairs President Clifford Young. A super-majority of Americans support “shelter in place” orders for health reasons over opening things up to get the economy going. And this support varies little across partisan and demographic lines. Read more in Cliff's Take

  • Fewer Americans are visiting the doctor amidst the coronavirus pandemic, but Americans are increasingly satisfied with healthcare quality, according to the Beryl Institute-Ipsos PX Pulse. Read more here.

  • A majority of Americans don't expect to get back to their regular routines until July or later, according to an ABC News/Ipsos poll. Read more here
  • More people across the world say they’re wearing masks to protect themselves from the coronavirus, and only one surveyed country has seen a decrease: China. Read more here
  • Younger people and women are more likely to stay in quarantine or isolate themselves at home. Read more from our latest Global Advisor survey of 29,000 respondents across 15 major countries.
  • The coronavirus is touching the lives of all Americans, but race, age, and income play a big role in the exact ways the virus — and the stalled economy — are affecting people. Here's what that means.
  • Some Americans feel much more risk from the pandemic: Workers who still must go out into the world. Read more here from the latest Axios/Ipsos Coronavirus Index.
  • Nearly half of employed people (46%) are concerned about being laid off or furloughed, up from 33% last month. The worry is highest among 18-34 year olds (55%). Read more from the latest USA Today/Ipsos coronavirus poll.
  • Americans are doing their part and continue to social distance: Take a look at how many Americans are self-quarantining, avoiding restaurants and wearing masks. This is America at its best, writes Ipsos U.S. Public Affairs President Clifford Young. Read more here.
  • Fewer Americans think that the country is headed in the right direction, and approval on President Trump's handling of the pandemic has decreased. Read more in the latest Reuters/Ipsos Core Political Survey.
  • About half of Americans report using face masks or face coverings when leaving home, following new guidance from the government. Read more in the newest ABC News/Ipsos poll.
  • We surveyed 15 countries to see if people are self-isolating. A majority of people are doing it — including 84% of people in the U.S. But one country is bucking the trend. Read more.

  • Just a few weeks ago, majorities of people in most countries believed the coronavirus was a relatively short-term crisis which would be resolved by June, and life would return to normal. But now that’s changed, and people are growing more pessimistic almost everywhere. Read more here.

  • A new Axios-Ipsos Coronavirus Index survey finds slower levels of change in social and work context after major shifts in March.
  • Weeks into self-isolation with signs that the coronavirus pandemic is not anywhere near ending has even the most optimistic person wondering, just how long will this last? Read our latest article exploring the psychological effects of self-isolation.
  • The latest MetLife/U.S. Chamber of Commerce Small Business report shows that as small businesses across the U.S. grapple with the upheaval caused by the COVID-19 outbreak, sentiment around cash flow and the American economy is severely diminished.
  • The newest ABC News/Ipsos poll shows that the American public is cooling on President Trump's handling of the coronavirus outbreak. This comes as virtually all Americans report their daily routines changing because of the outbreak and almost universal concern about infection.
  • Results from a Public Agenda/USA Today/Ipsos poll show majority of Americans are concerned about the economic impact, rather than personal impacts, of COVID-19 crisis.
  • Our latest survey of 15 major countries finds more people concerned for the vulnerable and weak in the coronavirus pandemic than are anxious about their own health. Read the full results of our latest study.
  • The Axios/Ipsos Coronavirus Index finds increased social & professional distance, along with climbing mental and emotional stress. Read our survey results now.
  • The latest Core Political survey from Reuters/Ipsos finds that as Americans are increasingly adjusting their lives around the coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic, President Donald Trump’s approval rating remains stable, and healthcare and the economy are top of mind issues.
  • As Americans sort out what information about COVID-19 is true or not, most see the virus as a deadly threat and aren’t ready to end social distancing for the sake of the economy. Read, Can Americans Spot Fake Coronavirus News?

  • Small businesses and more than half of people in a global poll feel a "high threat" to their job from the pandemic. Read our latest synopsis.

  • We’ve never seen this widespread, systemic, forced behavioral change — never in American history — this quickly. It’s unprecedented. Read Cliff’s Take, featuring five data points he believes are worth seeing.

  • The second edition of our Signals digest brings together Ipsos’ latest research on coronavirus and draws on our surveys, social media monitoring and analysis from our teams around the world.
  • View our on demand “COVID-19 Ask Us Anything” Q+A webinar with Ipsos’ Clifford Young.  
  • Ipsos announces partnership with the Africa Centre for Disease Control (CDC) and Resolve to Save Lives to develop guidelines for adapted Covid-19 preventive measures.
  • A Newsy/Ipsos poll shows a call for federal government to take drastic economic, safety measures as more Americans are staying home, watching the news & facing money loss.
  • More than half of people in many large countries think the restrictions on travel and mandates for self-isolation will not stop the spread of the coronavirus, according to the latest Ipsos survey.
  • New study from Ipsos confirms early signals from social media tracking and public polling does not portend good news on jobs.
  • The Axios/Ipsos Coronavirus Index found increased social & professional distance, along with climbing mental and emotional stress. 
  • Ipsos’ Cliff Young talks about what Ipsos research can tell us about our new reality.
  • An ABC News/Ipsos Poll finds major changes in behavior and concern over the last week. Read our release now. 
  • Corporate reputation and the coronavirus: Unprecedented times requires an unprecedented response. Find out how your corporation should respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. Read the full report.
  • The Ipsos Biosurveillance Atlas tracked the rise in Twitter and Facebook mentions of empty grocery store shelves and bar & restaurant closures over the past week and a half, offering insights into how coronavirus news is spreading on social media. Read the latest. and learn more about the Biosurveillance Atlas itself.
  • Social listening shows COVID-19 dividing online conversations: People may not be gathering or in the office, but that does not mean they are not talking. Social conversations about the coronavirus are exploding. Learn more about the social dynamics Ipsos is following. Read the full report.
  • A majority of people wanted borders closed as fear about COVID-19 escalated. Most people would like to see their country close its borders to prevent coronavirus infecting a loved one. But, that is not their only fear. Find out the other issue causing anxiety. Read the full report
  • Italy in the time of COVID-19 Our Italian colleagues have been tracking public opinion about attitudes and acceptance in one of the hardest-hit nations. Read the latest report.
  • Corporate reputation and the coronavirus: Unprecedented times requires an unprecedented response. Find out how your corporation should respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. Read the full report.
  • Global personal financial fears jump In just two weeks, people who say their finances would suffer from the outbreak jumped by double digits in nine of 10 countries surveyed. Read more results.
  • Social conversation spread unevenly across U.S. Conversations about the Coronavirus outbreak spiked on Facebook and Twitter in urban areas between early February early March, according to Ipsos Biosurveillance Atlas tracking. Yet there was little to no online conversation in the Midwestern and rural U.S.. Read more results.
  • Signals: Understanding the coronavirus crisis: Governments, companies and individuals all need to respond to an unprecedented set of challenges. To help companies navigate these changes with confidence, Ipsos prepared this initial digest of the outbreak’s dynamics. Read full report.
  • Reuters/Ipsos Data: Coronavirus Tracker (03/04/2020) This week’s polling shows 28% of Americans view the virus as an imminent threat to the country. Learn more about how Americans feel the coronavirus is impacting their lives. See the full survey
  • Americans see coronavirus as a threat to the economy, but not their daily lives With only 30% planning to take preventative measures against the outbreak, almost half of Americans view it as an economic threat. View the USA Today/Ipsos poll for more insights.
  • Will Americans See the Impact of the coronavirus As a Random Act of God or Government Ineffectiveness? Neither impeachment, the Mueller Report nor controversies have managed to shake President Trump’s approval ratings since he took office. Will the coronavirus impact his numbers? See the survey.
  • Concern rising that the coronavirus will have a personal financial impact: Although most think it is impossible to forecast how the virus will spread, more and more believe it will impact their bank accounts. Read the full report.
  • Clear majority of Americans are concerned about the coronavirus: New Ipsos polling finds older Americans are more concerned about the impact on the markets while younger Americans are more concerned about the impact on themselves.Read the full report.
  • How the coronavirus outbreak could change our future: In our increasingly connected world, the coronavirus is having a rippling effect around the globe. Learn how this wave may impact America. Read the full report.
  • Coronavirus outbreak predicted to have an impact on financial markets: Most see the virus as high threat to the world and fear it will not be contained any time soon. Read the full report.
  • Consumer confidence amidst COVID-19 outbreak: The Global Consumer Confidence Index remained stable during the early days of the coronavirus outbreak; however, consumer sentiment has dropped in China. View Ipsos’ interactive portal for comparisons and trended data. Read the full report
  • Most say the coronavirus is an ongoing threat: Majority calling for greater action, including mandatory quarantine for those who might have the virus and travel ban to and from impacted countries. See the full survey.

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