Newsy/Ipsos Poll: Americans see widespread effects of COVID-19 on all facets of life, from elections, to child care

Courtney Lewis
Jul 30 · 4 min read
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July 30, 2020 — As the U.S. elections near, a new Newsy/Ipsos poll shows that a majority of Americans are concerned about the impact of COVID-19, foreign interference, and other factors that could impact the outcome. Additionally, the COVID-19 pandemic tops the list of most important political issues, with slightly more Americans citing this as a top issue compared to last month. Regarding a return to school, most parents of a school-aged child would be uncomfortable with their child or children returning to in-person school this fall. However, the poll reveals a massive perceived gender gap in responsibility for childcare if school is at least partially online, with moms more likely than dads to say they would be handling most childcare.

Detailed Findings

  1. More than half of Americans are concerned about the impact of COVID-19, fraud, interference and suppression on the upcoming 2020 elections. Slightly more Americans continue to think that Democrat Joe Biden will be elected in the upcoming presidential election this November.

2. More Americans this month believe that the COVID-19 pandemic is one of the most important political issues right now.

3. More Americans currently working from home would prefer to continue to do so once it is safe. Similarly, most parents of school-aged children would be uncomfortable with sending them to in-person classes in the fall.

4. With many parents waiting to see if school will be at least partially online, a massive perceived gender gap exists regarding responsibility for childcare.

5. When asked about a COVID-19 vaccine, 69% of Americans say they would be interested in taking an FDA-approved vaccine for COVID-19. 25% say they would not be interested in taking a vaccine.

These are the findings of an Ipsos poll conducted between July 24–29, 2020 on behalf of Newsy. For this survey, a sample of 2,015 adults age 18+ from the continental U.S., Alaska, and Hawaii was interviewed online in English. The poll has a credibility interval of plus or minus 2.5 percentage points for all respondents.

For full results, please refer to the following annotated questionnaire.

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