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Patrick Murray, director of the Monmouth University Polling Institute. (Photo: NJ Globe file photo).

Americans remain concerned about COVID-19 as virus’s New Jersey growth slows

Majority concerned about family members becoming ill

By Nikita Biryukov, April 13 2020 11:00 am

Americans remain concerned about COVID-19 as the daily increase in new cases in the states most impacted by the disease slows, according to a Monmouth University poll released Monday.

Half of those polled, 50%, said they were very concerned about someone in their family becoming seriously ill after contracting the virus, while 33% said they were somewhat concerned.

About 16% said they were not too concerned or not at all concerned.

Democrats are still more worried about the virus than Republican or independent voters.

Roughly two thirds, 66%, of Democrats said they were very concerned, compared to 46% of independents and 37% of Republicans, though each group reported being more concerned about COVID-19 now than they were in a Monmouth poll released three weeks ago.

“Americans feel an increasing impact from this public health crisis every week, maybe even every day. These results also underscore how certain groups, particularly racial groups, are being hit harder than others,” said Patrick Murray, director of the independent Monmouth University Polling Institute.

Women, 57%, and non-white residents, 60%, reported being more concerned about the virus than men, 43%, and white residents, 46%, though concern has risen among all of those groups in the last three weeks.

More than six in 10 respondents reported the virus having a major impact on their daily lives, including a majority of Republicans, 55% of whom said the virus now had a sizeable disruption, up from 40% in March.

Economic strain also continues to be a major concern.

A little less than a third of residents, 30%, said someone in their family had been laid off amid the COVID-19 crisis. The number was a slightly-higher 35% among those who made less than $50,000 per year.

Still, 62% of Americans told the pollsters that their financial situation is basically stable, a result that is largely unchanged from those reported last month.

“Americans seem to be approaching the current situation as something that will hopefully pass quickly,” Murray said. “This could change if the immediate economic slump drags on after the health emergency passes.”

Most Americans, 55%, said they are feeling more stress than usual amid the pandemic, while 40% said their stress levels remain largely the same.

Those making more than $100,000 per year are more likely to report an increase in stress. Among the wealthier group, 68% said they are facing a lot or a little more stress than they were before the outbreak.

A little more thana half, 52%, of those making between $50,000 and $100,000 said the same, as did 49% of those making less than $50,000.

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