Survey of American Risk Perceptions and Emotional Responses to COVID-19

Yale Program on Climate Change Communication and George Mason University Center for Climate Change Communication have released a new report Americans’ Risk Perceptions and Emotional Responses to COVID-19 based on findings from a scientific national survey. 

The survey of 3,933 adults reveals that most believe that the COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted daily life across America. The findings show that Americans are most worried about the impacts of COVID-19 on the healthcare system, the economy and their mental health.   

According to the report:  “Americans are experiencing many emotions in response to the Coronavirus especially compassion and hope, and most Americans perceive the Coronavirus as a threat to vulnerable populations and people in the U.S., fewer think it will harm them personally.”  

Appendix I offers the survey results broken out by a number of demographics including age, race, gender, area of residence (urban/suburban/rural), political partisanship, education, and health status.  

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