COVID-19
Tracking Public Opinion on the Coronavirus
Morning Consult monitors the shifts in U.S. views of the pandemic and its impact on consumer behavior
BY JOANNA PIACENZA
UPDATED: MARCH 26, 2020

The coronavirus pandemic is the most complex and multifaceted threat that leaders in public health, politics and business have faced in the 21st century, with major ramifications for financial markets, governments and the ties that bind our society, such as athletics, the arts and the constitutional right to elect the people who represent us.

To date, there have been more than 495,000 COVID-19 cases worldwide, according to Johns Hopkins University, including more than 75,000-plus in the United States. The outbreak in Wuhan, China, was first reported on Dec. 31, 2019, with the first confirmed case in the United States coming Jan. 21, 2020.

Morning Consult has been tracking public concerns over the coronavirus outbreak since Jan. 24. We’ll be updating this page every week with new data and information. Each data point is pulled from a survey of roughly 2,200 U.S. adults and holds a margin of error of 2 percentage points.

Concern Over the Spread of Coronavirus
Share of U.S. adults who are concerned about the coronavirus spreading to the United States, by party identification
  • UnitedHealth Group Inc. is offering a coronavirus swab test supported by the Food and Drug Administration that patients can use themselves, a move that would help protect health care workers from becoming infected with COVID-19. The swab test is available in Seattle, with plans to expand it across the country.
  • Concern over the virus’ spread has increased 17 points since January.
Concern Over Coronavirus’ Impact on the U.S. Economy
Share of U.S. adults who are concerned about the coronavirus impact on the U.S. economies, by party identification
Concern Over Coronavirus’ Impact on Different Economies, Among Wealthiest Consumers
Share of U.S. adults making $100,000 per year or more who are concerned about the coronavirus on different economies
  • The Senate unanimously passed a roughly $2 trillion spending bill in response to the coronavirus pandemic, sending the largest economic relief legislation in the country’s history to the House. House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) said the chamber would consider the measure Friday, and President Donald Trump has said he would immediately sign it into law.
  • Concern for the U.S. economy has risen 38 points among the general public since January.
How Americans’ Travel Plans Are Changing
Share of U.S. adults who said they are less likely to do the following, based on fears over the coronavirus
  • 69 percent of U.S. adults said they’re now less likely to travel outside the country.
How Americans’ Purchasing Habits Are Changing
Share of U.S. adults who said they are more likely to buy the following, based on fears over the coronavirus
  • Nearly three in five consumers are more likely to purchase personal hygiene products (57 percent) and home cleaning products (57 percent), shares that continue to increase week to week.
How Americans’ Leisure Activities Are Changing
Share of U.S. adults who said they are less likely to do the following, based on fears over the coronavirus
  • At least 7 in 10 consumers said they’re less likely to take vacations (70 percent), use public transportation (74 percent) or go to a shopping mall (75 percent).
Approval of Trump’s Handling of the Coronavirus
Net approval among registered voters of President Donald Trump’s handling of the coronavirus
Approval of Leadership’s Handling of the Coronavirus
Net approval among registered voters of each of the following’s handling of the coronavirus
  • Trump’s net approval among all registered voters has rebounded since late February, now sitting at 9 points. After a slight rebound among Democrats, his net approval rating has sunk among that group to minus 52 points.
  • Net approval of Congress’ handling of the coronavirus fell 23 points to zero.

Yusra Murad and Eli Yokley contributed.

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