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Poll: 42% of New Jerseyans say either they or a member of their household is out of work

By David Wildstein, April 27 2020 10:00 am

The coronavirus pandemic has had a major impact on the lives of 71% of New Jerseyans – nine points above the national average – and 42% of state residents have either been laid off from their job or had someone in their household laid off became of emergency actions to prevent the spread of the virus,  according to a Monmouth University Poll released this morning.

More than six out of ten (61%) of New Jerseyans personally know someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. That’s much higher than the 26% nationally.

Almost one-quarter of New Jerseyans (24%) say either they or a family member has COVID-19, more than triple the 7% national average, and 61% of state residents are very concerned that a member of their family will become seriously ill.

While people of all races are nearly equal in saying they known someone who has contracted COVID-19, people of color are more likely than whites (29%-20%)

“These results should come as no surprise as they confirm what we have been seeing from other sources. New Jersey has been harder hit than most of the country,” said Patrick Murray, director of the Monmouth University Polling Institute.  “And people of color, who make up a sizable proportion of the state’s diverse population, have been even harder hit overall.”

Nearly seven out of ten New Jerseyans (68%) say their daily stress level has gone up, but most state residents are confident that the nation is positioned to impact of the outbreak over the next few weeks — although just 17% are very confident this will happen and  38% are somewhat confident. An additional 25% are not too confident this will happen and 17% are not at all confident.  This is the only question in the poll where New Jersey’s outlook matches national opinion — 15% very, 38% somewhat, 24% not too, and 21% not at all confident).

The job loss and layoff numbers – either the individual or a member of their household – are fairly consistent across party lines: 45% of independents, 43% of Republicans, and 38% of Democrats.

The Monmouth University Poll was conducted from April 16-19 and has a margin of error of +/-3.7%.

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