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Poll: San Diegans share thoughts on coronavirus response

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Posted at 5:51 PM, Mar 11, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-11 20:51:51-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) — In a scientific 10News/Union-Tribune poll, 500 adults were surveyed on their thoughts on the response to the coronavirus thus far.

Adults were asked whether they trusted news about the virus coming from government officials and media, and if they've started to stockpile supplies in response.

Overall, a majority of San Diegans surveyed are concerned about the virus, but many also believe the government is making it seem less dangerous while the media is making it seem more dangerous.

Most San Diegans who participated also say they have not started to stockpile supplies like toilet paper and hand sanitizer in response.

Here's a look at some of the survey's results:

How concerned are you about the coronavirus?

  • Extremely: 23 percent
  • Somewhat: 38 percent
  • On The Fence: 14 percent
  • Not Very Concerned: 19 percent
  • Not At All Concerned: 6 percent
  • Not Sure: 1 percent

Based on what you know, do you believe each of the following is telling the truth about the coronavirus? Making the coronavirus seem more dangerous than it actually is? Or making the coronavirus seem less dangerous than it actually is?

The World Health Organization, or WHO, in Switzerland:

  • Telling The Truth: 48 percent
  • Making It Seem More Dangerous: 30 percent
  • Making It Seem Less Dangerous: 7 percent
  • Not Sure: 15 percent

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, or CDC, in Atlanta:

  • Telling The Truth: 47 percent
  • Making It Seem More Dangerous: 29 percent
  • Making It Seem Less Dangerous: 12 percent
  • Not Sure: 12 percent

President Donald Trump:

  • Telling The Truth: 22 percent
  • Making It Seem More Dangerous: 16 percent
  • Making It Seem Less Dangerous: 47 percent
  • Not Sure: 15 percent

State health officials:

  • Telling The Truth: 39 percent
  • Making It Seem More Dangerous: 33 percent
  • Making It Seem Less Dangerous: 13 percent
  • Not Sure: 16 percent

Governor Gavin Newsom:

  • Telling The Truth: 29 percent
  • Making It Seem More Dangerous: 26 percent
  • Making It Seem Less Dangerous: 10 percent
  • Not Sure: 35 percent

National news media:

  • Telling The Truth: 22 percent
  • Making It Seem More Dangerous: 64 percent
  • Making It Seem Less Dangerous: 5 percent
  • Not Sure: 9 percent

Do you support or oppose the use of Marine Corp Air Station Miramar as a place to quarantine those who have or may have been exposed to the coronavirus?

  • Support: 57 percent
  • Oppose: 22 percent
  • Not Sure: 21 percent

As a result of the coronavirus, have you ... Bought extra hand sanitizer?

  • Yes: 28 percent
  • No: 72 percent

Bought extra toilet paper?

  • Yes: 16 percent
  • No: 84 percent

Begun to stockpile non-perishable food items?

  • Yes: 14 percent
  • No: 86 percent