March 23, 2020
Ann Arbor, MI — Ninety percent of Michigan residents stated they would follow a shelter in place recommendation according to a poll released today by Altarum, a nonprofit organization that supports Michigan’s public health, surveillance, and outbreak management systems.
Over 7,000 Michigan residents have completed the online poll about COVID-19 perspectives, attitudes, and behaviors since Thursday, March 19.
“It’s critical to understand public perception in this rapidly changing crisis in order to effectively influence specific behaviors and reduce the spread of coronavirus,” said Dan Armijo, Chief Operating Officer of Altarum.
Altarum conducted the poll to understand what people in Michigan are thinking, feeling, and doing about COVID-19. This poll asks about risk factors, preventive behaviors, concerns, and sources of information about COVID-19. This allows us to understand how respondents’ feelings and behaviors change over time, as well as how certain thoughts and behaviors might be related. All of this helps Michigan better respond to the outbreak.
Full interactive survey results are available at altarum.org/COVID/results. Below are the key findings:
Altarum maintains the state of Michigan’s disease surveillance capability. This includes things like syndromic surveillance which is a real-time monitoring of presenting symptoms at all or nearly all emergency rooms across the state and disease surveillance which is based off lab reporting of confirmed cases.
This statewide poll we are conducting includes questions which augment that surveillance capability and help inform on the ground response in communities across the state. We are finding significant county-level variances in people engaging in risk behaviors, in the percent of the population taking appropriate public health protections, and in the percent of households reporting symptoms. Understanding those helps target the response (and resources) to particular communities and better target public health messaging.
Please take five minutes to take the poll, which is available at altarum.org. At this time we are particularly interested in reaching more households in Wayne County and in rural counties across the state.
“These are very early results, but based on activity so far we’re finding the public is eager to share how they are coping with this rapidly evolving public health crisis,” said Dan Armijo, Chief Operating Officer of Altarum.
While these results have been weighted by age and gender to better represent the state’s population, they are potentially biased because this is an opt-in poll and these results are early. In tandem, Altarum also is conducting a series of more traditional representative surveys and will make those results publicly available as we receive them.