Americans have become less concerned about their family members contracting the coronavirus compared to last month, according to a new survey from the Monmouth University Polling Institute.
Monmouth found that less than half of respondents said they are “very concerned” that someone in their family will become infected with COVID-19, down from about half last month.
- 50% said they were worried about a family member becoming infected in April.
- 42% said the same in May.
- 26% said they knew someone who was infected.
- 40% said the same in May.
“Concern about Covid seems to have returned to where it was in the early days of the public response to the pandemic in this country,” Patrick Murray, director of the independent Monmouth University Polling Institute, said in a statement.
The survey also found that people are split over whether the country will manage to limit the outbreak within the next several weeks.
- 16% are “very confident” the outbreak will be under control soon.
- 34% are “somewhat confident.”
- 25% are “not too confident.”
- 25% are “not at all confident.”
“The drop in feeling a major impact may be partly due to the fact that things have stabilized for most families after taking a hit in April,” Murray added.
“Americans seem to be differentiating between the short term hit and their long term prospects,” he continued. “Most expect that they will be back on their feet once the pandemic has passed, although this number has slipped a bit in the past month.”
Monmouth surveyed 808 adults across the country from April 30 to May 4, with a margin of error of +/- 3.5 percentage points.
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