Americans’ Risk Perceptions and Emotional Responses to COVID-19 – April 2020

Report Summary

Drawing on a scientific national survey (N = 3,933; including 3,188 registered voters), this report describes Americans’ risk perceptions and emotional responses to COVID-19 to inform the public health community, policymakers, and the public.

The survey was conducted by the Yale Program on Climate Change Communication ( and the George Mason University Center for Climate Change Communication ( and fielded by Climate Nexus Polling ( Interview dates: April 3 -7, 2020. Average margin of error +/- 2 percentage points at the 95% confidence level.

The data are publicly available on the Open Science Framework.