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 1.28 million COVID-19 cases worldwide, according to Johns Hopkins University, including more than 337,000 in the United States, which has the highest number of reported cases. 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 virus’s spread has increased 21 percentage points since January.
- Concern for the U.S. economy has risen 40 points among the general public since January.
- The share of U.S. adults who say they’re less likely to travel within the United States has tripled since the beginning of March (21 percent to 63 percent).
- The share of consumers who say they’re more likely to use restaurant services (29 percent), food delivery services (21 percent) and grocery delivery services (29 percent) has at least tripled since early March.
- Roughly three-quarters of U.S. adults are now less likely to take a vacation (74 percent), use public transit (76 percent) or use a ride-hailing service (73 percent).
- Trump’s net approval rating for his handling of the coronavirus pandemic is down 13 points from the week of March 20, when it peaked at 14 points.
- Net approval of how Vice President Mike Pence is tackling the pandemic slipped 6 points in the past week.