Maui Now COVID-19 Audience Survey: The Results

May 21, 2020, 12:10 PM HST · Updated May 21, 12:10 PM
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Last week, we put out a “call-to-action” to our readers asking how they feel about the COVID-19 pandemic. There was strong participation with more than 2,000 verified responses. This was an over 400% increase in participation from our April survey.

A few of the questions came from our previous survey, and a few were added to reflect the changing news cycle. This survey was conducted from May 8 through May 15, 2020. All participants were required to verify their information via e-mail, in an effort to ensure accuracy. The survey was promoted on our social media channels and website. Here’s what we found:

Vaccinations

Our first question has proven to be a controversial topic, and our readers’ input reflected the mixed opinions on vaccination.

If a government-approved COVID-19 vaccine was available today, would you take it?

Small Business

The concern for Maui’s small businesses didn’t change much from the previous survey. The concern actually increased a bit, with only 1% answering that they have no worries about the survival of Maui’s small businesses.

Are you concerned about Maui’s small businesses being able to survive?

Do you agree with the decision to re-open shopping malls next week?

What concerns you more, COVID-19 or the Economy?

Do you feel Maui County should re-open for tourism?

Employment

As for employment, almost 60% answered they still have a job. Of the participants that did file for unemployment, a majority still said the process was difficult to impossible.

Have you filed for unemployment?

If you filed for unemployment, how difficult was the process?

Do you miss work, or are you enjoying the time off?

Have you been financially affected by the temporary closing of Tourism?

Politics

When it comes to politics, Maui leadership fared slightly better than state leadership in the court of public opinion.

Do you feel Hawaii state politicians are managing the COVID-19 crisis well?

Do you feel Maui County leadership is managing the COVID-19 crisis well?

Activities

As far as activities are concerned, a majority of our readers still miss hanging out with friends and family. Fortunately, with beaches opening up, 72% may be pretty excited.

What activity do you miss the most?

Do you think the beaches should be re-opened for more than walking/jogging/water activities?

The Threat

The more direct COVID-19 questions found that just under a quarter of the participants know someone with the virus. Not much of an increase from the April survey.

Do you know someone with COVID-19?

How serious do you feel the COVID-19 threat is to Maui?

How often do you leave the house?

When going out, do you wear a mask?

As we move into the third month of this pandemic, the concern is still there. Opinions were split between more concerned and less concerned from 30 days ago.

Are you more concerned, or less concerned about the COVID-19 pandemic compared to 30 days ago?

News Sources

Finally, we wanted to know where you are getting your news updates. As with the previous survey, we’ll admit the bias in asking readers of an online news source where they get their updates. Still, we appreciate your readership!

What is the primary source for COVID-19 updates on Maui?

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