WASHINGTON, D.C. -- About three in four Americans say they are "very" (26%) or "somewhat worried" (48%) that they or a family member will be exposed to the coronavirus. The combined 74% worried in the latest polling is similar to the 70% to 73% figures recorded since March 20, but up 12 percentage points from mid-March.
These data are from a probability-based Gallup Panel survey conducted online March 13-April 2.
Gallup polling conducted by phone earlier in the year also found that worries had grown substantially from February to March, reinforcing that concerns have mounted as the crisis has unfolded over the past two months. The overall percentages worried in the early March telephone survey (60%) and the mid-March web survey (62%) were similar.
For the period of March 30-April 2, a much higher percentage of Democrats (84%) than Republicans (64%) are worried about their risk of exposure, similar to the pattern in early March. However, this is the first time Gallup has found a majority of GOP identifiers saying they are worried.
Women (80%) are still more worried than men (68%). Whites (74%) and nonwhites (73%) are about equally worried.
Adults aged 18 to 44 (78%) are a bit more concerned about exposure to the coronavirus than adults aged 45 to 64 (70%) or 65 and older (72%).
Meanwhile, income is not a factor in levels of concern, as about three in four Americans in each income bracket say they are very or somewhat worried.
|Very worried||Very/Somewhat worried|
|Household income less than $36,000||30||74|
|Household income $36,000-<$90,000||25||75|
|Household income $90,000+||26||74|
|Gallup Panel, March 30-April 2, 2020|
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