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Coronavirus Survey: 3 out of 4 Americans Now Wear Masks When Shopping

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75% of Americans now wear masks when shopping

A lack of understanding about coronavirus’ community spread continues to fuel uncertainty among American consumers. As a result, many U.S. adults say they’re taking extra precautions as they shop and go outdoors to help keep their family and friends safe.

In an effort to chronicle how American adults perceive risk during the pandemic, Benzinga has released nationally sampled consumer sentiment survey data. The study surveyed over 7,000 U.S. adults aged 18 or older about how they approach safety when shopping in public venues, ordering packages and food delivery and spending time outdoors.

Here are some of the highlights from this week’s study, which includes the 4 key ways American adults say they’re altering their day-to-day behaviors during the pandemic.

Key Findings from the Study

Wearing Masks

Do you wear a mask when you go to the grocery store?75.8% said YES, I wear a mask when I go to the grocery store.24.2% said NO, I don’t wear a mask when I go to the grocery store.
Survey sample size: N=7,630

A total of 75.8% of American adults said “Yes” when asked whether they actively wear a mask when going to the grocery store. In other words, 3 out of every 4 adults take extra precautions when shopping for food and similar household staples.

Package Delivery

Are you concerned regarding the safety of packages delivered during the pandemic?50.3% said YES, I am concerned regarding the safety of packages delivered.49.7% said NO, I’m not concerned regarding the safety of packages delivered.
Survey sample size: N=6,068

American adults are nearly perfectly divided regarding their views on package safety. Our survey data revealed 50.3% of American adults, a slim majority, deem packages delivered potentially unsafe.

Carry-Out and Delivery

Are you concerned regarding the safety of carry-out and delivered meals during the pandemic?52.9% said YES, I’m concerned about the safety of food prepared at restaurants.47.1% said NO, I’m not concerned about the safety of food prepared at restaurants.
Survey sample size: N=5,595

Our data reveals another interesting fact about consumer perception of key American industries amid the pandemic. Only a small majority of American adults, 52.9% to be exact, say they’re concerned about ordering food out from restaurants.   

Getting a Breath of Fresh Air

Do you go outside at least once a day while self-quarantining?68.7% said YES, I go outside at least once a day.31.3% said NO, I don’t go outside at least once a day.
Survey sample size: N=4,150

Spending time outdoors is an activity the majority of American adults feel comfortable performing during the pandemic. A total of 68.7% of adults said they are taking 1 trip or more outside each day.

Survey Methodology 

This study was conducted by Benzinga between May 4 and 8 and included the responses of a diverse population of American adults 18 or older. The study reflects the results from over 7,000 American adults on their thoughts and views pertaining to the coronavirus pandemic.

Please contact henrykhederian@benzinga.com with questions or to schedule a phone or video interview with our team.