If they contracted coronavirus (COVID-19), only 18% of Democrat voters – as well as of the wealthiest Americans – would take the drug hydroxychloroquine, which doctors have prescribed for decades to treat malaria and might be effective against the deadly virus, a new national Rasmussen Reports survey shows.
In a survey of 1,000 American adults conducted April 8-9, 2020, results were fairly evenly split, with about one in three saying they either would, would not, or weren’t sure they would try the drug touted by President Donald Trump - and immediately denounced by liberal media and politicians - if they were diagnosed with coronavirus.
“If you were diagnosed with COVID-19, would you take the drug Hydroxychloroquine?”
- Yes, Would Take: 31%
- No, Would Not Take: 35%
- Not Sure: 34%
But, among Democrat Americans, nearly three times as many would not try the drug (46%) as would (18%), with 36% saying they’re “not sure” what they’d do.
Likewise, just 18% of those with annual incomes of at least $200,000 say they’d take hydroxychloroquine if they had coronavirus, while 56% would not (26% “not sure”).
Percentage Who Would Take Hydroxychloroquine, by Income
- Under $30K: 30%
- $30K-$50K: 26%
- $50K-$100K: 37%
- $100K-$200K: 37%
- $200K+: 18%
- Not Sure: 29%
- All Adults: 31%
Among Republicans, however, more than half (53%) say they would try the drug if they were diagnosed with the virus – more than twice those who would not (24%) or aren’t sure (23%).
Other groups more likely to say they would, rather than would not, try the drug include Whites (33%-30%), Entrepreneurs (41%-36%), those earning $50,000-$100,000 (37%-33%) and adults who are at least 65 years old (36%-35%).