Although we ran a national survey for the two tracker questions, we zeroed in on California, Texas, and Florida, the three largest population states in the US and those that are driving the most news coverage of America's coronavirus challenges.
Level of Concern Remains High, But Dips Slightly: Levels of concern remained high this week, as case counts grow alarmingly high in the South and West, but the death toll has not yet matched initial concern about spiking positive cases. Extremely concerned dipped from 39% to 35%, Very Concerned rose from 27% to 30%, Somewhat Concerned inched upwards from 25% to 26%, and those Not Concerned at All continued to shrink from 9% to 8%.
Americans' Behavior Beginning to Catch Up to Rising Concern: While behavior has lagged rising levels of concern in past weeks, behavior has finally begun to catch up. 40% are on "Lockdown" or "Going out for necessities only" compared to 37% two weeks ago and 32% one month ago. Meanwhile, the number who "go out but take many precautions" continues to remain roughly steady from 34% one month ago to 35% two weeks ago to 33% this week. Those taking few precautions or going out as they would prior to the pandemic continued to dip from 34% a month ago to 28% two weeks ago to 27% this week.