Poll: Nearly 1 of 4 Americans lost job or furloughed

By Art Moore


A new poll found nearly one in four U.S. adults said they have been laid off or furloughed during the coronavirus outbreak.

However, the Reuters/Ipsos poll released Friday also found that despite the severe impact on the economy, a bipartisan majority of Americans wants businesses to remain closed to slow the spread of the virus, Reuters reported.

Social distancing initiatives should continue, including “shelter at home” orders, “despite the impact to the economy,” according to 81% of Americans.

That includes 89% of Democrats and 70% of Republicans.

Just 19% said they would like to end social distancing as soon as possible “to get the economy going again.” The response broke down to 11% of Democrats and 30% of Republicans.

The poll found 23% said they already lost their jobs because of the coronavirus, their company shut down or they have been furloughed.

Reuters said the poll of 1,112 adults was conducted online throughout the United States, with a measure of precision of 3%.

WND reported New York Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who is managing the country’s most severe outbreak, is questioning the comprehensive lockdown strategy.

“We closed everything down. That was our public health strategy,” Cuomo said Thursday. “If you re-thought that or had time to analyze that public health strategy, I don’t know that you would say, ‘Quarantine everyone.'”

On Wednesday, he said the shelter-in-place policy may be backfiring by confining vulnerable older people with younger family members.

“I don’t even know that that was the best public health policy. Young people then quarantined with older people, [it] was probably not the best public health strategy,” he said. “The younger people could have been exposing the older people to an infection.”

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