The Alaska Dept. of Health and Social Services published the results of a new survey looking at how Alaskans view COVID and the responses taken by local, state and national governments. Conducted Nov. 24-25, the survey included 406 Alaskans ages 18 and older. It has a margin of error at plus or minus 4.9%.

The vast majority of Alaskans say the economy is headed in the wrong direction and that the “coronavirus situation in Alaska” is serious.

While 72% say they wear a face mask all or most of the time, residents are split over whether Gov. Mike Dunleavy should impose a statewide mask mandate – 50% yes vs. 49% no.

With regards to temporarily shutting down bars, restaurants, health clubs and certain retail outlets to address COVID, 55% support this while 44% do not.

Only 1% of 406 respondents (about five people) say they were infected by COVID. Of these 51% had mild symptoms, 33% severe and 7% no symptoms at all. Two out of three people say they will get the COVID vaccine.

When it comes to finding reliable information, only 41% trust the media to give them accurate news about the virus, while 58% don’t. Along those lines, 89% say the virus has been “politicized.”

In terms of education, 36% of respondents with school age children say they now homeschool and 43% of these say it is not “mainly due to the ongoing coronavirus saturation.”

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State survey gives snapshot on how Alaskans view COVID situation

Joel Davidson
Joel is Editor-in-Chief of the Alaska Watchman. Joel is an award winning journalist and has been reporting for over 24 years, He is a proud father of 8 children, and lives in Palmer, Alaska.


  • Dalton Fox says:

    Keep up the good work. #vigilant

  • Kyle P says:

    You call that a Poll? I can get 406 Alaskans to give me any opinion I want! 406 is not even getting out of your dang office! Get real. Dont call 406 opinions a Poll… unless you want the relults you intend.

    • MICHAEL HUGHES says:

      I was thinking the same thing. Maybe they took the poll in Felix Rivera’s district; they sure didn’t ask me (they never do, probably because they are afraid of my answer ….)
      I wear a mask that says “THIS IS TOTALLY RIDICULOUS” and I get a LOT of people telling me they like the mask. I tell them they have to join the fight any way they can. Of course, they’re have been a few that glare at me, usually women with money (I can tell by the way they dress) that are walking their dogs in dog parks. I always say hi to people, but these make a point of not responding. Oh well, just keep on killing them with kindness, and pet their dogs

  • Scott Crockett says:

    With REGARD to…”. There is no “s” on “regard”. Thank you

  • Judy S says:

    The only thing I see from this is that most are believing all the crap they are being fed.

  • Art Karlson says:

    The Corporate Media will not allow anything outside the PRAVDA line. It is little wonder that the mostly liberal Anchorage community only knows that which they have been fed. they are not curious enough to actually learn anything.