October 1, 2009 - New Jersey Voters Not Too Worried About Swine Flu, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; Media Reaction To Swine Flu 'Overblown,' Voters Say

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A total of 41 percent of New Jersey voters are "very worried" or "somewhat worried" that they or a loved one will get swine flu, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today. Another 58 percent are "not too worried" or "not worried at all."

New Jersey voters split 46 - 48 percent on whether they will be vaccinated for swine flu, the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University poll finds. Women say 46 - 45 percent they will be vaccinated, but men say no thanks 51 - 45 percent.

But of the 34 percent of voters with children under 18 years old, 55 percent say they will have their children vaccinated. Moms say they will vaccinate 54 - 35 percent, while dads say they will vaccinate 56 - 31 percent.

By a 59 - 36 percent margin, voters say the media reaction to swine flu has been "overblown" rather than "justified."

But the government's reaction has been "justified," voters say 58 - 36 percent.

"Worried about swine flu, New Jersey? Not really. We might not get vaccinated but we'll make sure our kids do," said Maurice Carroll, director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute. "It looks like more men are afraid of that little needle than women."

"Is reaction to a possible swine flu epidemic overblown? New Jersey voters think the government is behaving better than the news media."

A total of 69 percent of New Jersey voters are "very confident" or "somewhat confident" that state officials will be able to handle an outbreak of swine flu, while 29 percent are "not too confident" or "not confident at all."

By almost identical numbers, voters are confident that federal officials will handle a flu outbreak.

"In an era when voters don't seem to trust government on much of anything, New Jersey is fairly confident that both Trenton and Washington will do a good job on the swine flu situation," Carroll said.

Officials should close a school, if children are suspected of having swine flu, 49 percent of voters say, but 40 percent say closing schools would be too disruptive for working families trying to arrange child care.

"About half of all voters say, 'close the schools,' but a lot worry that closings would be disruptive," Carroll said.

From September 22 - 28, Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,332 New Jersey voters, with a margin of error of +/- 2.7 percentage points.

The Quinnipiac University Poll, directed by Douglas Schwartz, Ph.D., conducts public opinion surveys in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Florida, Ohio and nationally as a public service and for research. For more data or RSS feed: http://ww.quinnipiac.edu/polling.xml, or call (203) 582-5201.

22. How worried are you that you or someone in your family will get swine flu - very worried, somewhat worried, not too worried, or not worried at all?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Very worried         10%     5%    11%    10%     8%    13%
Smwht worried        31     37     31     29     28     33
Not too worried      37     35     37     40     36     38
Not worried at all   21     22     20     21     27     16
DK/NA                 1      -      -      -      1      -
 
                                          Philly
                     Urban  SbUrbn ExUrbn land   Shore
 
Very worried         16%     8%    11%     9%    11%
Smwht worried        30     34     30     27     30
Not too worried      31     35     41     42     38
Not worried at all   21     24     17     20     21
DK/NA                 2      -      -      1      1
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  NoColl College
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Degree Degree
 
Very worried          5%    11%    12%    17%     8%     7%    13%     6%
Smwht worried        25     33     33     28     33     33     28     36
Not too worried      37     38     37     33     37     37     36     38
Not worried at all   32     18     17     21     22     23     22     19
DK/NA                 1      -      1      1      -      -      1      -
 
 
23. Will you get vaccinated for the swine flu?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Yes                  46%    47%    48%    41%    45%    46%
No                   48     44     46     53     51     45
DK/NA                 7      8      6      6      4      9
 
                                          Philly
                     Urban  SbUrbn ExUrbn land   Shore
 
Yes                  51%    39%    43%    56%    47%
No                   43     52     54     36     49
DK/NA                 7      9      3      8      4
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  NoColl College
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Degree Degree
 
Yes                  40%    43%    53%    48%    47%    42%    46%    45%
No                   52     53     40     46     48     52     49     46
DK/NA                 9      4      7      6      5      6      5      9
 
 
24. Do you have any children under the age of 18?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Yes                  34%    37%    33%    32%    36%    32%
No                   66     63     67     68     64     68
DK/NA                 -      -      -      -      -      -
 
                                          Philly
                     Urban  SbUrbn ExUrbn land   Shore
 
Yes                  37%    32%    37%    33%    31%
No                   62     68     62     67     69
DK/NA                 -      -      1      -      -
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  NoColl College
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Degree Degree
 
Yes                  38%    59%     7%    22%    33%    51%    28%    43%
No                   62     41     93     78     67     49     72     57
DK/NA                 -      -      -      -      -      -      -      -
 
 
25. (If yes q24) Will you have your children vaccinated for the swine flu?
                     YES Q24...............................
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Yes                  55%    56%    56%    52%    56%    54%
No                   33     32     30     37     31     35
DK/NA                12     12     14     11     13     10
 
 
26. Do you think the media's reaction to the swine flu has been justified or overblown?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Justified            36%    31%    41%    36%    31%    40%
Overblown            59     67     54     62     64     55
DK/NA                 5      2      5      3      5      4
 
                                          Philly
                     Urban  SbUrbn ExUrbn land   Shore
 
Justified            38%    34%    32%    43%    35%
Overblown            54     62     62     53     63
DK/NA                 8      4      6      4      3
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  NoColl College
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Degree Degree
 
Justified            33%    35%    39%    38%    37%    34%    36%    36%
Overblown            65     61     55     56     58     63     58     62
DK/NA                 2      5      6      6      5      3      7      2
 
 
27. Do you think the government's reaction to the swine flu has been justified or overblown?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Justified            58%    56%    63%    58%    55%    61%
Overblown            36     41     30     37     40     33
DK/NA                 6      3      7      5      5      7
 
                                          Philly
                     Urban  SbUrbn ExUrbn land   Shore
 
Justified            59%    56%    59%    62%    56%
Overblown            32     39     35     30     40
DK/NA                 9      5      6      7      4
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  NoColl College
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Degree Degree
 
Justified            60%    58%    57%    57%    61%    61%    54%    64%
Overblown            31     38     36     36     32     36     39     30
DK/NA                 8      4      6      7      7      3      7      6
 
 
28. How confident are you that - state officials will be able to handle an outbreak of swine flu - very confident, somewhat confident, not too confident, or not confident at all?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Very confident       17%    10%    24%    13%    16%    17%
Smwht confident      52     54     56     52     49     55
Not too confident    18     23     11     19     18     18
Not confident at all 11     12      8     12     16      7
DK/NA                 3      -      1      4      2      3
 
                                          Philly
                     Urban  SbUrbn ExUrbn land   Shore
 
Very confident       19%    20%    12%    13%    17%
Smwht confident      50     50     56     56     52
Not too confident    17     16     21     17     18
Not confident at all 11     12     10      9     11
DK/NA                 3      2      1      5      2
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  NoColl College
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Degree Degree
 
Very confident       19%    18%    15%    17%    16%    17%    18%    15%
Smwht confident      53     48     58     54     53     49     50     56
Not too confident    15     20     16     13     18     22     17     19
Not confident at all 12     12      8     13      9     11     12     10
DK/NA                 1      2      3      2      4      2      4      1
 
 
29. How confident are you that - federal officials will be able to handle an outbreak of swine flu - very confident, somewhat confident, not too confident, or not confident at all?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Very confident       18%    13%    28%    14%    18%    19%
Smwht confident      50     52     52     50     47     53
Not too confident    18     20     12     23     21     16
Not confident at all 10     13      6      9     11      9
DK/NA                 3      1      3      4      4      3
 
                                          Philly
                     Urban  SbUrbn ExUrbn land   Shore
 
Very confident       17%    18%    15%    21%    22%
Smwht confident      56     50     50     53     43
Not too confident    20     15     19     18     22
Not confident at all  3     11     15      7     10
DK/NA                 5      5      2      -      4
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  NoColl College
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Degree Degree
 
Very confident       24%    21%    14%    19%    20%    17%    19%    18%
Smwht confident      50     48     53     50     51     51     48     55
Not too confident    12     20     20     18     19     19     19     16
Not confident at all 10      8     10     10      8     11      9     10
DK/NA                 4      3      3      3      2      3      5      1
 
 
30. If children at a school are suspected of having swine flu, do you think the school should be closed to help stop the spread, or do you think closing schools is too disruptive because working families can't arrange child care?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Close schools        49%    46%    49%    49%    47%    51%
Too disruptive       40     38     43     42     42     39
DK/NA                11     16      8     10     11     11
 
                                          Philly
                     Urban  SbUrbn ExUrbn land   Shore
 
Close schools        45%    47%    50%    50%    54%
Too disruptive       45     40     39     39     38
DK/NA                10     13     11     11      8
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  NoColl College
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Degree Degree
 
Close schools        50%    48%    48%    50%    53%    42%    54%    41%
Too disruptive       40     43     40     40     37     45     37     45
DK/NA                10     10     12     10     10     12      9     15