On Pandemic, 60% Believe Worst is Yet to Come, 16% Think It’s Behind Us

In terms of the pandemic, 60% of voters believe the worst is yet to come. A Scott Rasmussen national survey found that just 16% believe the worst is behind us and 24% are not sure.

As on just about everything these days, there is a significant partisan divide. Seventy-two percent (72%) of Democrats believe the worst is yet to come, a view shared by just 49% of Republicans. Independent voters are in the middle with 58% believing the worst days remain ahead of us.

Data released earlier showed that 22% believe our nation’s response to the pandemic would have been better if private insurance companies were banned and all health coverage was provided by the federal government. However, a Scott Rasmussen national survey found that 38% believe things would be worse.

Overall, 34% of voters at least somewhat favor the idea of banning private insurance companies to create a national health care system. Fifty-four percent (54%) are opposed.

If infected by the coronavirus, 30% of Registered Voters nationwide are not confident they could receive appropriate medical treatment. That total includes 20% who are Not Very Confident and 10% who are Not at All Confident about access to treatment.

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Worst Is Still To Come: 60%

Behind Us: 16%

Not Sure: 24%

The survey of 1,200 Registered Voters was conducted by Scott Rasmussen using a mixed mode approach from April 9-11, 2020. Field work for the survey was conducted by RMG Research, Inc. Most respondents were contacted online while 217 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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