Washington, DC, March 25, 2020 — The latest Reuters/Ipsos Coronavirus Tracker finds that as Americans continue to adjust their lives to the coronavirus pandemic, they support the government taking action to encourage the public to remain at home and trust healthcare professionals and organizations for advice on the virus. The survey also finds that day-to-day routines continue to be impacted by the global pandemic.
Americans support the government taking action to promote isolation to slow the spread of coronavirus:
- Eight in ten (83%) Americans feel that local leaders should be doing more to enforce or issue “shelter in place” or “stay at home” guidance or orders, compared to 17% who believe local leaders should not be issuing such orders at all.
- Eighty-one percent of Americans think that the “shelter in place” and “stay at home” orders and guidance should stay in place until doctors and public health officials say it is safe, compared to 19% who say these orders/guidance should end as soon as possible in order to protect the economy.
- Two-thirds of Americans believe the government should expand testing for coronavirus (66%). Half of Americans support measures such as shutting down gatherings of a hundred people or more (54%), shutting down overseas flights (52%) and closing public schools (50%).
Americans trust healthcare professionals’ advice on the coronavirus/COVID-19.
- Americans are most likely to listen to listen to advice from doctors and healthcare workers (91%) and the CDC (89%) on the coronavirus. They are least likely to listen to advice from President Trump (53%).
- Democrats are less likely to listen to the president’s guidance on the coronavirus (26%) compared to Republicans (84%).
- Americans are also likely to listen to local leadership’s advice on the coronavirus, including their state’s governor (83%), local police or sheriffs (82%), and their mayor (80%).
Americans’ lives have been impacted by the coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic.
- Seven in ten Americans are washing their hands more often (69%) and avoiding large crowds (69%). Sixty-five percent are also avoiding physical contact with others, such as handshakes.
- One third of Americans are avoiding public transportation (34%) or have canceled or altered upcoming travel plans (34%).
- Seven percent of Americans have lost their jobs and no longer work, and 18% say their place of employment has closed and they no longer go to work, though they remain employed.
- Six in ten (58%) Americans say that their work or business has been impacted by the coronavirus./li>
About the Study
These are some of the findings of an Ipsos poll conducted between March 26-27, 2020, on behalf of USA Today. For this survey, a sample of 1,112 adults age 18+ from the continental U.S., Alaska, and Hawaii was interviewed online in English. The sample includes 472 Democrats, 417 Republicans, and 111 independents.
The sample for this study was randomly drawn from Ipsos’ online panel (see link below for more info on “Access Panels and Recruitment”), partner online panel sources, and “river” sampling (see link below for more info on the Ipsos “Ampario Overview” sample method) and does not rely on a population frame in the traditional sense. Ipsos uses fixed sample targets, unique to each study, in drawing a sample. After a sample has been obtained from the Ipsos panel, Ipsos calibrates respondent characteristics to be representative of the U.S. Population using standard procedures such as raking-ratio adjustments. The source of these population targets is U.S. Census 2016 American Community Survey data. The sample drawn for this study reflects fixed sample targets on demographics. Posthoc weights were made to the population characteristics on gender, age, race/ethnicity, region, and education.
Statistical margins of error are not applicable to online non-probability polls. All sample surveys and polls may be subject to other sources of error, including, but not limited to coverage error and measurement error. Where figures do not sum to 100, this is due to the effects of rounding. The precision of Ipsos online polls is measured using a credibility interval. In this case, the poll has a credibility interval of plus or minus 3.4 percentage points for all respondents. Ipsos calculates a design effect (DEFF) for each study based on the variation of the weights, following the formula of Kish (1965). This study had a credibility interval adjusted for design effect of the following (n=1,112, DEFF=1.5, adjusted Confidence Interval=+/-5.0 percentage points).
The poll also has a credibility interval of plus or minus 5.1 percentage points for Democrats, plus or minus 5.5 percentage points for Republicans, and plus or minus 10.6 percentage points for Independents.
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