New Statewide Chamber Poll Captures Anxiety Levels

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While Michiganders are concerned about the virus, they are also anxious about enduring the economic impact to come. The Detroit Regional Chamber’s new statewide COVID-19 impact poll provides a snapshot of how workers are affected and their outlook going forward.

Highlighting the public health emergency

Of those polled, many believe they have already contracted COVID-19, even if they have not been tested.

  • 9% of respondents said they believe they have contracted COVID-19, even if they had not been tested
  • 18% of those still working as normal believe they have contracted COVID-19
  • 14% of those ‘currently working from home’ believe they have contracted COVID-19

Widespread Economic impact

Respondents report major financial strain:

  • 29% have been furloughed, laid off, or are unable to work
  • 28% report they are worried about putting food on the table
  • 47% said the financial impact on their household was catastrophic or major

residents express optimism for future

Despite the major economic impact, poll respondents are optimistic about transitioning out of the crisis, and most report that they expect to return to normal in a few months.

  • 84% expect household finances to return to normal within two months
  • 78% of those who have been laid off expect household finances to return to normal within two months
  • 61% feel safe or somewhat safe returning to work

political findings

When it comes to political affiliation, 58% of independent voters and 51% of Democratic voters believe the state is in recession. But only 42% of Republican voters believe the state is in recession and 34% of Republican voters say the state is not in a recession.

  • Respondents disapprove of President Trump’s handling of COVID-19 by a margin of 44%-50%
  • Respondents approve of Gov. Whitmer’s handling of COVID-19 by a margin of 57%-37%

For full survey results and background, click here.

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