Poll: How Worried Are Utahns About the Zika Virus?

Zika Male MosquitoAbout a third of Utahns are worried about the spared of the Zika virus, even to the extent that they believe the Summer Olympic Games should be cancelled in Brazil this year, a new UtahPolicy poll finds.

Still, most Utahns aren’t concerned about the virus, which causes flu-like symptoms in healthy adults, but appears to cause serious birth defects in babies being carried by their mothers, finds pollster Dan Jones & Associates in a new survey.

The Zika virus is carried by a certain kind of mosquito – which normally is not found in Utah because of its desert-like climate.

The virus has now appeared in the United States, with people infected in Central and South America coming into our country.

Infected mosquitos have not been found in the U.S., but it’s expected they will show up soon in places like Florida.


Jones finds in his new UPD survey:

  • 30 percent of Utahns are “very” or “somewhat” concerned about the Zika virus.
  • 64 percent are not concerned and 5 percent don’t know.
  • 33 percent say the Brazilian Olympics this summer should be cancelled because of the threat of the virus to athletes and visitors.
  • 60 percent of Utahns say the Games should go forward as planned and 7 percent don’t know.

Because the Zika virus is much more of a threat to pregnant women, or women who may soon become pregnant, it’s understandable that Utah women are more concerned than men.

And Jones finds:

  • 26 percent of Utah men are concerned about the virus, but 34 percent of Utah women are.
  • 28 percent of Utah men say the Olympics should be cancelled because of the virus’ threat, but 37 percent of women say cancel the Games.

Jones poll 625 Utahns from Feb. 1015. The poll has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.92 percent.