About the Survey
The COVID-19 and the Experiences of Populations at Greater Risk survey is a national poll measuring attitudes, views, and values toward health, equity, civic engagement, and systemic racism during COVID-19. Data were collected via the RAND American Life Panel and the KnowledgePanel (administered by Ipsos). This survey was conducted in four waves. Data collection for the first wave occurred from June 29 to July 22, 2020; the second wave was fielded October 9 to November 2, 2020; the third wave was fielded February 22 to March 22, 2021; and the fourth wave was fielded September 7 to October 4, 2021.
This longitudinal survey followed the same group of people over time, with a sample size of more than 4,000 people. This is a nationally representative sample of adults living in lower- and middle-income households (with household incomes less than $125,000) and includes oversamples of Black, Hispanic, and Asian Americans. The household income limits allowed a focus on individuals in households that were likely eligible to receive the federal COVID-19 stimulus funds (CARES Act). The research team oversampled households with income under $75,000, representing approximately 85 percent of our sample, and allowed income to go up to $125,000, households with income $75,000 to $125,000 represented approximately 15 percent of our sample. Findings for a general population sample were also collected in the first and fourth waves.