Poll: 66 percent of Americans say coronavirus will not impact personal life, despite growing anxiety worldwide

 

 

Despite growing anxiety worldwide over the coronavirus, concern hasn't yet caught up to American public opinion a new poll shows. 

The Hill/HarrisX poll shows 66 percent of registered voters do not believe the disease will impact their personal lives. By comparison, 34 percent, feel that it will. 

The Feb. 9-10 survey found a gender divide on the issue, with men being more concerned than women.

Roughly 7 in 10 female voters say the disease will not have an impact on personal life compared to almost 6 in 10 male voters who say the same.

The poll also shows varying degrees of concern among age groups that show younger voters being more concerned than older voters, though voters ages 35 to 49 are the most concerned, at 52 percent.

While partisans are mostly in agreement on this question, Democratic voters are slightly more likely to say the Coronavirus will have an impact on their personal lives, at 38 percent, than Republican or Independent voters, at 30 percent and 33 percent, respectively.

The virus was first reported by Chinese officials in late December and originated in Wuhan, China. Today, there are reportedly some 60,000 cases of the virus worldwide and officials have recently seen a spike in new infections.

While most cases are outside the country, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) confirmed the 15th case in the U.S. earlier today. 

The Hill-HarrisX poll was conducted online among 1,000 registered voters between Feb. 9 and 10. It has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.1 percentage points.

 —Gabriela Schulte