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Political and personal reactions to COVID-19 during initial weeks of social distancing in the United States

Version
1
Resource Type
Dataset : survey data
Creator
  • Christensen, Sarah R. (Brigham Young University)
  • Magnusson, Brianna M. (Brigham Young University)
Publication Date
2020-08-17
Free Keywords
COVID-19; Survey; Cross-sectional study
Description
  • Abstract

    Survey data collected for the paper below.

    Political and personal reactions to COVID-19 during initial weeks of social distancing in the United States

    Objective: To examine perceptions, behaviors, and impacts surrounding COVID-19 early in the pandemic response. Materials and Methods: A cross-sectional survey of 1,030 U.S. adults was administered on March 31st, 2020. This survey examined attitudes toward media, government, and community responses to COVID-19 by political ideology and sociodemographic factors. Knowledge, anxieties, and impacts of COVID-19 were also assessed. Results: Conservatives were more likely to report that COVID-19 was receiving too much media coverage and people were generally overreacting; liberals were more likely to report the government had not done enough in response to the pandemic. Females and those with lower income experienced more COVID-19 related economic anxieties. Those working and with children at home reported higher social, home, and work disruption. Social distancing behaviors were more common among liberals and were associated with increases in depressive symptoms. Conclusions: Public health experts should consider the political climate in crafting messaging that appeals to the values of those across the political spectrum. Research on the COVID-19 pandemic should continue to monitor the effects of social distancing on mental health and among vulnerable populations.
Temporal Coverage
  • 2020-03-31 / 2020-03-31
    Time Period: Tue Mar 31 00:00:00 EDT 2020--Tue Mar 31 00:00:00 EDT 2020 (March 31st 2020)
  • 2020-03-31 / 2020-03-31
    Collection Date(s): Tue Mar 31 00:00:00 EDT 2020--Tue Mar 31 00:00:00 EDT 2020 (March 31st 2020)
Geographic Coverage
  • United States of America
Sampled Universe
Persons 18 years or older residing in the U.S.
Availability
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This study is freely available to the general public via web download.
Relations
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    DOI: 10.3886/E119629

Update Metadata: 2020-11-21 | Issue Number: 1 | Registration Date: 2020-11-21

Christensen, Sarah R.; Magnusson, Brianna M. (2020): Political and personal reactions to COVID-19 during initial weeks of social distancing in the United States. Version: 1. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset. https://doi.org/10.3886/E119629V1-70500