70% of Americans say the core strategies for containing COVID-19 are well understood, even though studies have yielded conflicting advice.
While the CDC has pointed to some possible factors that may be contributing to this pattern, the public is divided in its perceptions.
One-in-ten U.S. adults say they have taken part in citizen science in the past year, and 26% say they have ever done so.
Polling finds public trust in medical scientists has increased but only among Democrats – while optimism about a vaccine is broadly shared.
About six-in-ten Americans believe social distancing measures are helping a lot to slow the spread of coronavirus in the nation.
68% of U.S. adults say the federal government has a responsibility to provide medical care to undocumented immigrants who have COVID-19.
Distress levels changed little overall from March to April, but this concealed considerable change at the individual level over this period.
71% of U.S. adults say they are confident that medical centers in their area can handle the needs of seriously ill people during the pandemic.
Sharply growing majorities of Americans say the outbreak poses a major threat to the health of the U.S. population and the nation’s economy.
In 2019, 74% of Americans said they had a mostly positive view of doctors; 68% had a mostly favorable view of medical research scientists.