New Polling Shows Clear Majority of Michiganders Understand COVID-19 Precautions

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With COVID-19 cases again spiking across the state and nation, 91% of Michigan voters agree that Michiganders taking responsibility to wear masks, wash their hands and socially distance would help hospitals fight the virus, a new statewide survey has found.

The survey also found that 85% of Michigan voters feel comfortable and safe visiting a healthcare facility for routine checkups, medical screenings and emergency room care. The survey of 600 Michigan voters was conducted Oct. 15-19 by EPIC-MRA for the Michigan Health & Hospital Association (MHA). The survey’s margin of error was ±4%.

MHA CEO Brian Peters“Michigan voters clearly understand that wearing masks, physically distancing when necessary and taking other personal safety precautions will help our state’s hospitals and front-line healthcare workers confront this new surge in COVID-19 cases,” said MHA CEO Brian Peters. “The message from this survey is clear: we need more Michigan residents to take responsibility and exercise the behaviors that will protect their families, friends, colleagues, neighbors and communities from getting the virus. By taking those actions, hospitals and Michigan’s front-line healthcare workers can more effectively manage and care for those who contract COVID-19 and those who need other routine and lifesaving care.”

Chief medical officers and chief clinical officers representing 110 of 137 Michigan hospitals issued Oct. 22 a joint statement also expressing the importance of following COVID-19 safety precautions and concern regarding another hospital capacity crisis if hospitalizations continue to rise.

Similar to the results of other recent public opinion polls, the survey also found that Michigan voters continue to express caution about a new COVID-19 vaccine. Some 37% of voters said they would “definitely” or “probably” get the vaccine as soon as one is available, while 35% said they would wait to see how it works. Another 25% said they would “probably” or “definitely” not get the vaccine.

“The healthcare community is confident that a COVID-19 vaccine will only be approved for mass distribution after medical science, the world’s top doctors and regulators have data that conclusively demonstrate its safety and efficacy,” Peters said. “This is a scientific process that has proven over decades and generations to produce vaccines that have literally saved hundreds of millions of lives across the globe.”

Key findings from the survey include:

  • 79% of Michigan voters agree – 60% strongly – that their local hospital has played a critical role in their community’s fight against COVID-19.
  • 91% of voters agree – 80% strongly – that hospitals need continued support to keep fighting COVID-19, including the public taking responsibility for washing their hands, social distancing and wearing masks.
  • 78% of voters agree – 58% strongly – that increased state and federal funding is an important way to support Michigan hospitals fighting the virus.
  • 85% of voters agree – 68% strongly – that they feel safe and comfortable visiting healthcare facilities in Michigan for routine and emergency medical care.
  • 75% of voters say they trust COVID-19 information that comes from their local hospital.