Chamber’s New Statewide Poll Reveals COVID-19 Impact on Households

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The Detroit Regional Chamber released findings from a new statewide poll that offers the first glimpse into the struggles Michigan households are facing amid the COVID-19 crisis. Sandy K. Baruah, president and CEO of the Chamber and Richard Czuba, the founder of Glengariff Group Inc., discussed the new data in a conversation with Brad Williams, vice president of Government Relations for the Chamber.

Highlights from the poll of Michigan residents include:

  • 9% of respondents believe they have contracted COVID-19.
  • 29% of respondents are furloughed, laid off, or unable to work.
  • 27.3% of respondents that were working prior to the outbreak have been forced to file for unemployment.
  • 42.6% of respondents that were working prior to the outbreak, are now furloughed, laid off, or unable to work.
  • 69% of furloughed or laid-off workers face catastrophic to major financial impact.
  • 28% of respondents are worried about putting food on the table.
  • The majority of respondents, 50%, believe Michigan is already in a recession.

View the full data for the poll at detroitchamber.com/MIcovidpolldata.

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