by Tanya Gazdik , 32 minutes ago
People in the Southern states currently have the highest level of concern about COVID-19, according to research.
Half of those surveyed in the South are worried about spikes in COVID-19 cases and 69% feel the need to wear a mask, which is higher than the national average, according to an Engine Insights study conducted June 19-21.
Just under half (45%) of those in the West are very concerned about a spike of cases in their states as we move into the summer months, compared to 40% in the Northeast and 36% in the Midwest. Nationally, that translates to 83% concerned, and 44% very concerned.
About 75% think it will be two months or longer that we will continue to need to avoid crowds and close or restrict businesses, which is up 3% since the last survey period. Thirty percent of those surveyed think that time period will need to be longer than six months, up 2% since the last survey.
When asked if they had done any of the following in response to recent coronavirus developments, 73% said they had cut back eating in restaurants (compared to 84% when surveyed April 17-19) and 65% said they were avoiding public transportation (compared to 74% during the April 17-19 survey.) Seventy-one percent said they were cutting back on socializing (compared to 80% in April) and 51% are avoiding travel for business (compared to 65% in April.)
Interest in going some places and using certain services fell in the latest survey period versus June 12-14. Interest in going to to restaurants fell to 47% vs. 48%, while interest in going to a hair/nail salon/barbershop/tattoo/massage parlor fell to 30%, compared to 32%. Interest in golf courses fell to a low of 14% (compared to 16% in May) and gyms also fell to a low of 15%, compared to 17% during the June 12-14 survey.
Sixty-four percent of consumers surveyed say they wear a mask without fail/usually wear one. Seventy-two percent of consumers surveyed say they wear a face mask because they feel it is the responsible/right thing to do.
About 1,000 adults selected from opt-in panels were surveyed. The results are also weighted to U.S. Census data to be demographically representative.