Poll Shows More Americans Now Fear the Virus
June 29, 2020 -- Americans are increasingly taking protective actions against the coronavirus and becoming less likely to engage in routine activities such as going to church or flying on an airplane, a new poll shows.
The ABC News/Ipsos poll conducted June 24-25 said 89% of people questioned saying they wore a face mask in the last week, compared to only 61% of poll participants in mid-April.
The poll also says 76% of respondents are worried about catching the coronavirus, compared to 69% polled June 10-11. But when polled in early April, 89% of respondents said they were worried about catching the virus.
Compared to polling from June 10-11, respondents are less likely to attend a sporting event (21% willing to do so, down from 29%), go to a movie theater (31% willing to do so, down from 39%), go to church (49% willing to do so, down from 57%), or fly on an airplane (36% willing to do so, down from 44%).
Only 65% of people would be willing to get a haircut, down from 69% polled June 10-11, and only 53% would be willing to stay in a hotel, down from 57 %.
On the face mask question, the poll didn’t say if respondents lived in one of the 18 states or numerous cities that mandate face masks in public places. The poll also didn’t specify how often or in what circumstances the respondents wore masks when they left home, or whether they lived in a state experiencing a spike in new COVID-19 cases.
The ABC News/Ipsos Poll was conducted by Ipsos using the probability-based KnowledgePanel and is based on “a nationally representative probability sample” of 579 people 18 or older.