Americans Worse Off After Pandemic, Poll Finds

Americans Worse Off After Pandemic, Poll Finds

( – The public health consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic have been obvious from the outset. However, the economic repercussions of more than a year of rolling lockdowns and movement restrictions are not as easy to see.

On Tuesday, April 13, the Associated Press released a report on a new poll conducted by Impact Genome and The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research. It detailed the financial circumstances of a representative sample of over 2,300 Americans. The study found that 38 million, or 15% of Americans, are worse off now than when the pandemic began.

This trend is most pronounced at lower income levels. Among people below the federal poverty line who were surveyed, 29% reported being worse off now than they were a year ago.

It’s not all bad news — 30% of Americans actually report improved financial circumstances since the pandemic’s outset. However, the negative statistics (particularly those concerning people who had less to begin with) are worrying.

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