46% More Worried About Pandemic’s Economic Threat Than Health Threat

Forty-six percent (46%) of voters are more worried about the economic threat posed by the coronavirus pandemic than the health threat. However, the latest Scott Rasmussen national survey found that 49% are more worried about health issues. The survey was conducted this past weekend (April 16-18).

Those figures reflect a modest increase in concern about the economic threat.

Last month, just 38% were more worried about the economic threat while 53% primarily feared the health threat.

The partisan divide on the issue is sharp. Sixty-six percent (66%) of Republicans are more worried about the economic threat while 67% of Democrats are more concerned about the health threat. Independent voters are evenly divided.

Data released earlier showed that, when the lockdown ends, 34% of voters expect the U.S. economy to bounce back quickly. However, a 45% have the opposite view and believe the nation will suffer through a long recession. There’s a similar partisan divide on that question, though the differences are not as sharp.

The survey of 1,200 Registered Voters was conducted by Scott Rasmussen using a mixed mode approach from April 16-18, 2020. Field work for the survey was conducted by RMG Research, Inc. Most respondents were contacted online while 167 were contacted using automated phone polling techniques. Certain quotas were applied to the overall sample and lightly weighted by geography, gender, age, race, and political party to reasonably reflect the nation’s population of Registered Voters. Other variables were reviewed to ensure that the final sample is representative of that population.

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