WYOMING — A new survey from University of Wyoming’s Survey and Analysis Center (WYSAC) suggests the repercussions of COVID-19 on Wyomingites have already hit hard.
More than half the state’s residents or their immediate family members report reductions in work hours or pay because of the pandemic, and nearly one-third of Wyomingites have lost their jobs.
The survey is the first of several WYSAC will conduct over the coming weeks to measure public opinion on a number of topics related to COVID-19. A total of 495 people participated representing all Wyoming counties, with a margin or error plus or minus 4.5 percentage points.
Here are some of the survey findings:
Regarding policies enacted to slow the spread of the virus, more than 80 percent supported the closure of schools, daycare centers and restaurants, along with limitations on public gatherings. More than half — 54.4 percent — would support a state-level “shelter-in-place” order, with 22.3 percent opposed and 23.3 percent uncertain.
If a vaccine becomes available for COVID-19, 80.2 percent said they would be likely to seek the vaccine.
The survey also asked for perspectives on the way local, state and national leaders are handling the virus response. Results from those questions include:
When it comes to the U.S. and Wyoming health care systems’ ability to handle the response to the pandemic, close to 51 percent said they have confidence in that ability, and about 30 percent said they don’t, with about 19.5 percent unsure.
Finally, asked if they think COVID-19 is a real threat or blown out of proportion, 63.8 percent said it’s a real threat, 24.2 percent said it’s blown out of proportion, and 12 percent were unsure.
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