A vast majority of New Jersey residents have been majorly affected by the COVID-19 crisis, according to a Rutgers-Eagleton poll released Thursday.
Eight in 10 residents, 79%, said the pandemic has majorly impacted their communities, and 70% said the virus has had a significant impact on their day-to-day life.
Another 20% said the virus has had a smaller impact on their communities, and 25% said the same about COVID-19’s impact on their daily lives.
Most residents said the crisis has impacted their finances, with 43% saying the effect was major.
A similar amount, 42%, said weeks spent living under widespread restrictions on gatherings and businesses have majorly affected their emotional well-being.
At this point, 61% of New Jerseyans say they know someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. Eight percent told pollsters that someone in their household has tested positive for the virus, while another 13% said someone in their household was symptomatic but has not been tested.
Among the latter group, 31% said the symptomatic individuals tried to get tested for the virus but were unable to.
“There is no doubt that this pandemic is taking a personal and professional toll on a large number of New Jerseyans, as well as affecting their physical and mental health,” said Ashley Koning, director of the Eagleton Center for Public Interest Polling at Rutgers University’s New Brunswick campus. “This is especially true for certain populations in the state, such as non-white residents, those with lower levels of education, those in lower income brackets, and those living in certain regions.”
Roughly 40% of those polled said someone in their household had trouble getting groceries, and 55% said they were unable to purchase cleaning supplies and other toiletries.
A similar number, 57%, said they or someone they live with has had medical appointments cancelled or postponed because of the crisis, and 10% reported being unable to get prescription and over-the-counter medications.
Just under a third of respondents, 32%, said they or a household member had been laid off, while another 44% said someone in their household has seen a reduction in wages or work hours.
Most households, 54%, had at least one member working from home, while 38% said they or someone they live with has had to continue physically going to work.
Almost all respondents said the pandemic has had a major effect on the national, 96%, and state, 94%, economies. Similarly large amounts, 96% and 95%, respectively, said the virus has had a major impact on the United States and New Jersey.