What Are Americans' Views on the Coronavirus Pandemic?

What Are Americans' Views on the Coronavirus Pandemic?

An overwhelming majority of Americans (87 percent) said they want to be tested for COVID-19, a survey by the Commonwealth Fund and NBC News finds. Conducted between March 10 and March 16, the survey found that among respondents between the ages of 18 and 64, 24 percent said they would want to be tested if they knew they had been exposed to the virus, while 62 percent said they'd want to be tested if a test were available, compared with 32 percent and 55 percent among those age 65 and older. In addition, nearly seven in ten (68 percent) of respondents said potential out-of-pocket costs would be a "very" or "somewhat" important factor in their decision to seek care if they were to experience symptoms of COVID-19, including 70 percent of those between the ages of 18 to 64 and 60 percent of those age 65 and up; 68 percent of the insured and 73 percent of the uninsured; 76 percent of those earning less than $50,000 and 63 percent of those earning more; and 73 percent of Democrats and 58 percent of Republicans. The survey also found that while 45 percent of all respondents said they "completely trusted" their personal doctor to provide information about the coronavirus pandemic, there was a significant partisan divide with respect to the level of trust respondents had in President Trump and Vice President Pence, with 63 percent of all respondents, 85 percent of Democrats, and 37 percent of Republicans saying they were confident a vaccine would be available to the American public at little or no cost if a Democrat were elected president in 2020, while 50 percent of all respondents, 28 percent of Democrats, and 80 percent of Republicans said the same if Trump is reelected.

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