CNN poll: Americans are divided about how the government deals with the outbreak of corona viruses

Mar 30, 2020 10:05 PM ET

About half (48%) of Americans in the new poll say the government has done a good job of preventing the spread of the corona virus. This roughly corresponds to the 49% who said so in a survey in early March. About as many, 47%, are now saying that the government has done a poor job, an increase of four points in about three weeks.

Although views on how the government is doing are divided across parties (77% of Republicans say the federal government is doing a good job of preventing the virus from spreading, versus 27% of Democrats), much of the increase is The government’s percentage rating bad comes among Republicans and Independents (seven points each). Democrats rate the efforts roughly as they did in early March.

About three quarters (76%) of Americans say they feel at least somewhat ready to deal with a coronavirus infection if they or someone in their family becomes infected with the virus. That is eight points more than in early March.
There are still major gaps in preparation for socio-economic status, race and gender, and all of these differences appear to exist across guerrilla borders. However, the survey suggests that these gaps are gradually narrowing.

Women feel less prepared than men: 73% of women say they are “very” or “somewhat” ready to deal with coronavirus infection in their families, compared to 80% of men.

Among Americans with a household income of $ 50,000 or less, 69% feel at least somewhat ready to deal with an infection in their family. For households with an income of USD 50,000 or more, this proportion increases to 83%.

Education is also a dividing line. Around 8 out of 10 university graduates (81%) say they are at least a little prepared for an infection, while 74% do not have a four-year university degree.

Among the various racial groups, 80% of whites say they feel at least somewhat ready to deal with an infection compared to 72% of African Americans and 64% of Latinos.

According to the survey, Latinos have one of the highest rates of “not being prepared at all” to treat an infection. 17% say they have no preparation to treat a coronavirus infection if a family member suffers from it.

The feeling of being completely unprepared is 9% overall, but it is over 10% in several groups: people without health insurance (17%), people under 35 years (15%), people with an income below USD 50,000 (14% )), People with a university degree or less (12%), political independents (12%) and blacks (11%).

But the percentage of Americans who say they now feel ready to deal with coronavirus infection has grown faster among people with less formal education and lower incomes. For those with less than $ 50,000 a year, that number increased 14 points, compared to a five point increase for those with higher incomes. Those without a university degree felt that they were prepared for infection by 12 points compared to a non-significant change of two points among those with a university degree.

The CNN survey was conducted by the SSRS from March 24-29, among a random national sample of 1,013 adults who were reached by a live interviewer on a landline or mobile phone as part of the SSRS omnibus survey. The results for the full sample show an error rate of plus or minus 3.5 percentage points.

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