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March 26, 2020 Appendix

Categorization of COVID-19 state health impact in this report This report uses a measure of state-level impact of COVID-19. States and the District of Columbia are categorized as having experienced a high, medium or low impact based on a combination of the total number and the per-capita number of people who have tested positive for […]

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March 26, 2020 Methodology

The American Trends Panel survey methodology The American Trends Panel (ATP), created by Pew Research Center, is a nationally representative panel of randomly selected U.S. adults. Panelists participate via self-administered web surveys. Panelists who do not have internet access at home are provided with a tablet and wireless internet connection. The panel is being managed […]

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March 26, 2020 2. Views of how officials, public have responded to COVID-19

Most Americans say several key actors in the country’s response to the coronavirus outbreak – especially public health officials and those serving in state and local elected offices – are doing a good or excellent job. Nearly eight in ten U.S. adults (79%) say public health officials (such as those at the CDC) have done […]

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March 26, 2020 1. Public views of the coronavirus’s impact on the U.S.

Nearly nine-in-ten Americans (88%) now say the coronavirus outbreak is a major threat to the U.S. economy and 66% say it’s a major threat to the health of the U.S. population as a whole. Both shares are nearly 20 percentage points higher than they were earlier this month, in a survey fielded March 10-16. The […]

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March 26, 2020 Worries About Coronavirus Surge, as Most Americans Expect a Recession – or Worse

Sharply growing majorities of Americans say the outbreak poses a major threat to the health of the U.S. population and the nation’s economy.

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March 18, 2020 Methodology

The American Trends Panel survey methodology The American Trends Panel (ATP), created by Pew Research Center, is a nationally representative panel of randomly selected U.S. adults. Panelists participate via self-administered web surveys. Panelists who do not have internet access at home are provided with a tablet and wireless internet connection. The panel is being managed […]

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March 18, 2020 U.S. Public Sees Multiple Threats From the Coronavirus – and Concerns Are Growing

Majorities express confidence in how the CDC and state and local officials are responding to the outbreak.

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March 5, 2020 Methodology

The American Trends Panel (ATP), created by Pew Research Center, is a nationally representative panel of randomly selected U.S. adults. Panelists participate via self-administered web surveys. Panelists who do not have internet access at home are provided with a tablet and wireless internet connection. The panel is being managed by Ipsos. Data in this report […]

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