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Coronavirus Update: 170 Million Americans Will Voluntarily Continue to Practice Social Distancing

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Will Americans voluntarily continue to practice social distancing, even after official restrictions lift?

Every week, Benzinga releases nationally sampled consumer sentiment survey data related to the coronavirus impact. This week’s study addresses the 2020 general election, as well as the rate at which Americans intend to continue practicing social distancing.  

Ongoing uncertainty surrounding community spread of coronavirus could impact how and where Americans will ultimately vote in November.  

Benzinga released nationally sampled consumer sentiment survey data that surveyed over 1,500 U.S. adults aged 18 or older about whether their families are overall better or worse off financially than a year ago. 

Here are the highlights from this week’s study.

Key Findings from the Study

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Massachusetts is the 2nd most healthy state in America for 2020

The following are the highlights from our data analysis of the most and least healthy states in America.

The rankings are determined by factors such as community presence of air pollutants (per cubic meter), drug deaths (per 100,000 individuals), rates of immunization and access to clinical care.

On the whole, we discovered Vermont, Massachusetts and Hawaii are the 3 most healthy states in America for 2020. All 3 states exhibit low infant mortality rates and low prevalence of obesity.

Meanwhile, we found that Mississippi, Louisiana and Arkansas are the 3 least healthy states in America for 2020. All 3 states possess high percentages of children in poverty and high cardiovascular death rates.

5 Most Healthy States in America in 2020

  • 1: Vermont, Low percentage of uninsured population
  • 2: Massachusetts, Low infant mortality rate
  • 3: Hawaii, Low prevalence of obesity
  • 4: Connecticut, Low prevalence of smoking
  • 5: Utah, Low percentage of children in poverty

5 Least Healthy States in America in 2020

  • 46: Oklahoma, High prevalence of smoking
  • 47: Alabama, High prevalence of diabetes
  • 48: Arkansas, High percentage of children in poverty
  • 49: Louisiana, High cardiovascular death rate 
  • 50: Mississippi, High prevalence of obesity

Trump vs. Biden  

Who would you trust more to handle the COVID-19 pandemic?49.2% say they trust Donald Trump more.50.8% say they trust Joe Biden more.
Survey sample size: N=1,511

Our June 2020 survey revealed that a narrow majority of Americans (50.8%) trust Biden to maneuver the country through the COVID-19 pandemic.

Mail-in Voting?  

Would you rather vote in person or by mail?55.6% say they’d rather vote in person.44.4% say they’d rather vote by mail.
Survey sample size: N=1,335

Do Americans feel prepared to visit the voting booth this fall? This week’s coronavirus survey found 55.6% of Americans intend on voting in person during the November 2020 general election.

A total of 44.4% of Americans say they’d prefer voting by mail this fall.

Social Distancing Guidelines

Will you voluntarily continue to practice social distancing even after official restrictions are lifted?66.7% say they will continue to practice social distancing.17.8% say they will not continue to practice social distancing.15.5% say they are not sure.
Survey sample size: N=1,231

Overall, 2 in 3 Americans say they will continue to practice social distancing even if official restrictions are no longer in effect. A slim 17.8% of those surveyed say they will not continue to practice social distancing. 

The remainder of Americans, 15.5%, say they are undecided whether they’ll continue to practice social distancing in public venues throughout the rest of this year.

Survey Methodology 

This study was conducted by Benzinga between June 22 and 23 and included the responses of a diverse population of American adults 18 or older. The study reflects the results from over 1,500 American adults on their thoughts and views pertaining to the coronavirus pandemic. 

The United States population estimates base is courtesy of Census.gov. The state health rankings data is courtesy of americashealthrankings.org.

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