FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                  March 10th, 2020

Coronavirus Fears Not Yet Gripping Arizona Voters

Voters split on Trump’s handling of the outbreak

PHOENIX (March 10th, 2020) –Just a third of Arizona voters are concerned about the spread of coronavirus in the state, a new Arizona Public Opinion poll found.

With six confirmed cases in Arizona, most voters expressed little concern about a potential pandemic.

“Despite a barrage of news about sickened cruise ship passengers and quarantines, Arizonans appear less concerned about an outbreak here,” said Mike Noble, Chief of Research and Managing Partner of Phoenix-based public opinion and market research company OH Predictive Insights. “The fear gripping the stock market and other countries haven’t caught on here.”

The poll found 44 percent of likely voters in the state are either “Extremely” or “Moderately” concerned about the spread of the coronavirus in the United States, while just 35 percent said the same about the illness spreading in Arizona — one of the first states to have a confirmed case of the disease in the United States.

The Arizona Statewide survey was conducted on March 3 and March 4, 2020, with a sample of 600 respondents identified as likely voters. The medium utilized was a blended phone survey with a Margin of Error of +/-4%.

President Trump is earning low marks from Arizona voters regarding his handling of the epidemic. Only 46 percent of Arizona voters approve of his actions regarding the coronavirus, while 54 percent disapprove. Among voters who have an opinion of the president’s handling of the coronavirus, approval was split largely along party lines. 86 percent of Republicans approve of Trump’s handling of the situation, 89 percent of Democrats disapprove, and Independents split 35 percent approve, 65 percent disapprove.

Though most Arizonans disapprove of the actions that the president has taken to combat the coronavirus, there is broad approval among voters regarding how the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is handling the situation. Three-quarters of Arizona likely voters approve of the measures the CDC has taken against the coronavirus, compared to only 14 percent of people who disapprove. There is consensus among voters across the political spectrum that the CDC is doing a good job, as well. 90 percent of Republicans, 82 percent of Independents, and 80 percent of Democrats who had an opinion on the matters approve of the CDC’s actions.

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Methodology:  This blended phone poll was conducted via cell and landline. The survey was completed by OH Predictive Insights between March 3rd, 2020 and March 4th, 2020, from an Arizona likely 2020 General Election voter sample. The sample demographics accurately reflected party affiliation, gender, region, and age. The sample size was 600 completed surveys, with a MoE of ± 4.0%. Numbers may not total 100%, due to rounding.

Media Contacts:   Mike Noble, OH Predictive Insights, m.noble@ohpredictive.com, (480) 313-1837

Haylye Plaster, OH Predictive Insights,  h.plaster@ohpredictive.com, (602) 687-3034

About OH Predictive Insights:
Phoenix-based OH Predictive Insights provides accurate polling, focus groups, data analytics, and advanced targeted marketing to political and non-political clients alike. With leading professionals in the advertising, communication, polling and political arenas, OH Predictive Insights will service political and non-political clients looking to improve their footing on key stakeholders and consumers. For more information, please call 602-362-5694 or submit a request online.

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