Poll: More Americans fear COVID-19 than financial harm

As the country endures an unprecedented shutdown of public life to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus, more Americans are worried about contracting the illness (57%) than about experiencing severe financial problems from the disruption caused by it (48%).

While most of those who are worried about each of these possibilities say they are only “somewhat worried,” slightly more are “very worried” about encountering financial hardship (17%) than getting the virus (12%)…

An analysis of how individual respondents answer both questions finds about a third of Americans are worried to some degree about suffering both types of harm, while 28% are not worried about either. Of those worried about just one aspect, more are focused on getting the virus (23%) than on experiencing severe financial hardship (15%).

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