Although views on how the government is doing remain sharply divided by party (77% of Republicans say the federal government is doing a good job preventing the virus’ spread vs. 27% of Democrats), much of the increase in the percentage rating the government poorly comes among Republicans and independents (up seven points each). Democrats rate the effort about the same as they did in early March.
Women report feeling less prepared than men: 73% of women say they are “very” or “somewhat” prepared to deal with a coronavirus infection in their families, compared with 80% of men.
Among Americans with household incomes of $50,000 or less, 69% say they feel at least somewhat prepared to handle an infection in their family; that rises to 83% among those in households with incomes of $50,000 or more.
Likewise, education is a divider. About 8 in 10 who hold college degrees (81%) say they feel at least somewhat prepared to handle an infection vs. 74% who do not have a four-year college degree.
Among different racial groups, 80% of whites say they feel at least somewhat prepared to deal with an infection, compared with 72% of African Americans and 64% of Latinos.
Latinos have one of the highest rates of feeling “not at all prepared” to manage an infection, according to the poll, with 17% saying they feel they lack any preparation to manage a coronavirus infection should a family member come down with it.
That feeling of being completely unprepared stands at 9% overall, but it tops 10% among several groups: Those who do not have health insurance (17%), people under age 35 (15%), those with incomes below $50,000 (14%), those with a high school degree or less (12%), political independents (12%) and blacks (11%).
But the share of Americans who say they now feel prepared to handle a coronavirus infection has grown more quickly among those with less formal education and with lower income levels. Among those with incomes under $50,000 annually, that number has jumped 14 points, compared with a five-point increase among those with higher incomes. Among those who lack a college degree, there’s been a 12-point increase in feeling prepared to handle an infection, compared with a non-significant two-point change among those with college degrees.
The CNN Poll was conducted by SSRS March 24 through 29 among a random national sample of 1,013 adults reached on landlines or cellphones by a live interviewer as part of the SSRS Omnibus survey. Results for the full sample have a margin of sampling error of plus or minus 3.5 percentage points.