By Jim Angell, Cowboy State Daily
Almost all of those questioned in a University of Wyoming survey are concerned about the impact of coronavirus on the national economy and a majority are concerned about its impact on their personal finances.
The UW Survey and Analysis Center’s latest coronavirus-related survey showed that 72.9% of those questioned are very concerned about the impact of the pandemic on the nation’s economy and 24.1% are somewhat concerned.
At the same time, 70.5% of the 473 Wyoming residents contacted in the random telephone survey on May 11 said they were either very concerned or somewhat concerned about the outbreak’s impact on their personal finances. Almost 22% said they were not too concerned.
The survey, which has a margin of error of plus or minus 4.5%, is the fourth conducted since the end of March aimed specifically at collecting information on people’s attitudes toward the coronavirus.
The survey also found that the number of people worried about the spread of COVID-19 has dropped since March.
The number of people who said they were very, fairly or somewhat anxious about the spread dropped from 82.9% to 67.9%.
At the same time, the percentage of people who said they were “not at all” concerned about the spread of illness increased to 32.1% in May compared to 17.2% in March.
Also dropping was the number of people concerned that they or someone in their family might get coronavirus.
In March, more than 70% of those questioned were very or somewhat worried about the prospect, a number that dropped to 58.1% in May. Meanwhile, the number of people who said they are not worried at all increased from 6.4% in March to 12.9% on May 11.