by Tim Pearce
Half of American adults report that either they or someone in their household has lost a job or income due to the impact of the coronavirus.
Marist College surveyed 1,008 adults across the United States by phone in a poll sponsored by NPR and PBS NewsHour. The results, released on Wednesday, show that the economic impact of the coronavirus has hit about half of U.S. households as some states begin the early stages of reopening their economies.
“There are few households in the country that haven’t been affected by this crisis, through health, through school, through jobs, from all walks of life, from all backgrounds,” Marist Poll director Barbara Carvalho told NPR. “No one has really gone untouched. However, we certainly see from the data as well that a lack of a strong safety net, especially for many middle-class or working-class Americans, it has some really, really big holes in it.