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Americans Are Confident U.S. Health System Can Handle Coronavirus

Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Most Americans are worried about the rapidly spreading coronavirus but feel confident the U.S. public health system is up to the challenge.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 72% of American Adults correctly predicted that the coronavirus outbreak in China was likely to spread to the United States, with 31% who said it was Very Likely. Just 19% thought the spread of the virus to America was not very or Not At All Likely. Several cases of coronavirus were confirmed by U.S. authorities over the weekend. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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The survey of 1,000 American Adults was conducted January 23 and 26, 2020 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.

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