- Second edition of StudyFinds survey shows Baby Boomers have grown significantly more anxious about outbreak compared to a week ago.
- More Americans are starting to believe that society won’t return to normal until the end of 2020 or even beyond.
- The number of people “very concerned” about contracting coronavirus jumped more than 50% from last week.
BALTIMORE — The number of Americans who believe they currently have the coronavirus or will be diagnosed with it at some point has risen significantly over the span of a week, according to the results of a follow-up survey by StudyFinds. Moreover, adults over the age of 60 are especially showing a dramatic rise in their level of concern and fear compared to a week ago.
One new question was added to the latest survey: Do you think you’ve been exposed to someone with coronavirus?
Meanwhile, nearly a third (31%) of respondents feel “very concerned” that they’ll catch the coronavirus at some point down the road. A week ago only 20% of participants felt that way. Despite very few older adults believing they’ve been exposed to the virus, this segment’s feelings have changed the most among the sample. In last week’s survey, about 20% of respondents in both the 45-60 age group and 60+ segment were very concerned about contracting the virus. Now, those figures are up to 37% for middle-aged individuals and 38% for those over 60.
Other significant findings: Last week, there were no adults over 60 who claimed they were “very afraid” to leave their homes during the outbreak. Now, 15.6% of baby boomers have no interest in going out. Similarly, last week 43% of the older crowd wasn’t afraid at all to leave the house — but that number has now dropped to just 31%. Of course, many of the stay-at-home mandates weren’t in place yet when last week’s survey was issued, which could certainly be a big factor in one’s answer.
Overall, three in ten (29%) Americans think life won’t pick up where it left off until sometime towards the end of 2020 or beyond, up from 18% last week.
Finally, feelings about the government’s handling of the crisis seem to be growing more positive. Last week 38% of respondents were “not at all” satisfied with the federal response, but only 30% feel that way now. That 8% difference seemed to move to the “a little satisfied” opinion, with 27% selecting this response compared to 19% in the first survey. Seventeen percent are “very satisfied,” up from 13% last week.
The StudyFinds coronavirus survey was conducted by SurveyMonkey. Below is a look at responses to each question for every age group, along with the change from last week.