Today’s Siena poll reveals the extent to which the pandemic has changed pretty much everything, with 85 percent of poll respondents saying that this unprecedented public health crisis is having either a somewhat or very significant impact on their daily lives.
Fourteen percent of New Yorkers said that they are under mandatory quarantine, while 42 percent are self-quarantining, 39 percent are practicing social distancing
and only 4 percent are going about life as usual.
Seventy-seven percent are either somewhat (32 percent) or very concerned (45 percent) that the coronavirus and its impacts will cause them serious financial problems.
Just over half of New Yorkers, 51 percent, reported they are concerned with being able to meet their monthly financial obligations, and 37 percent of all New Yorkers – 46 percent of those 18 to 34 years old and 48 percent of those 35 to 49 – are worried they’re going to be laid off.
Nearly 60 percent are concerned with their retirement savings or investments losing value, 49 percent are concerned about having to financially help other family
members and 41 percent of all New Yorkers, and over half of young people and those making under $50,000 a year, are concerned with being able to afford food.
The coronavirus crisis has turned life upside down for nearly all New Yorkers,” said Siena Poll Director Don Levy. “Ninety-five percent are either quarantining or cutting back on going out, not being around others and practicing social distancing. Almost as many, 82 percent, are worried about their health.”
“And as the crisis continues, the emotional toll is starting to mount,” Levy continued. “Two-thirds of New Yorkers say that their anxiety level is up, 66 percent say they feel powerless and wish there was something more they could do and 62 percent say that ‘it’s starting to feel like this will never end.'”