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Poll: Wisconsinites worry more this month about getting “seriously ill” from COVID-19

Marquette also found that half of the respondents believe the pandemic will continue for another year or more before things get better.
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Published: Oct. 7, 2020 at 3:33 PM CDT|Updated: Oct. 7, 2020 at 3:34 PM CDT
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MADISON, Wis. (WMTV) - A new Marquette Law School poll released Wednesday shows that more people are very worried about getting sick from COVID-19 this month than were in September.

About 27% say they are worried now, as compared to 21% of those in September. The poll noted that 21% of people say they are not at all worried about getting ill from COVID-19, which is virtually the same as the 19% who thought this way in September.

The poll shows indicated the highest percentage for people who were “very worried” about contracting COVID-19 and becoming seriously ill from it was in March, at about 30% of respondents. The percentage of people with that ideology has fluctuated since June, while the number of those who are not worried at all has stayed stably near 20%.

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Marquette also found that half of the respondents believe the pandemic will continue for another year or more before things get better, while 20% think things will be “under control” within the next three months.

Questions were added to the poll after President Trump announced he had COVID-19 early Friday morning. One-third of respondents believe that the president is experiencing mild symptoms of COVID-19, while slightly more said they don’t know how ill he is yet.

Marquette Law School polled 805 registered Wisconsin voters by phone from Sept. 30-Oct. 4 to acquire these numbers. The margin of error is +/-4.2% for the full sample. There were 700 likely voters polled with a margin of error of +/-4.6%.

There were five items added to the survey once President Trump announced his positive COVID-19 test and those questions were asked from Oct. 2-4 to 344 registered voters with a margin of error of +/-6.4%.

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