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Coronavirus-related layoffs will disproportionately hurt workers in Gen Z, a new study found.
Members of Gen Z, which Pew Research Center defines as those between the ages of 7 and 22, are three times more likely to report losing their jobs or being put on temporary leave as the novel coronavirus outbreak threatens to send the United States into a recession, Harris Poll found in a survey published Thursday. Young service workers are losing more work hours than any other demographic, Harris Poll found.
Almost a third of the Gen Z workers interviewed had been put on leave by their employers or completely laid off, compared with only 13% of workers between the ages of 35 and 54, according to Harris Poll.
Less than two weeks after the World Health Organization declared the novel coronavirus outbreak a pandemic, restaurants, coffee shops, gyms, fitness studios, and cultural institutions have already begun to lay off employees. Some cities forced the closures while others shuttered voluntarily as customers embrace social distancing in an attempt to slow the virus' spread. Air travel has also ground to a halt, leaving airline and hotel employees vulnerable to layoffs as well.
An unprecedented 3.28 million Americans filed for unemployment benefits in the week ending March 21 alone.
Harris Poll surveyed 2,050 adults across the country online between March 14 and 15 and March 17 and 18. The market research firm also weighed participant's responses based on their age, sex, race, education, region, and household income to make their sample more representative of the United States as a whole.
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As the number of COVID-19 cases in the United States continues to skyrocket, Americans are feeling pessimistic about how long it will take life to return to normal, according to ongoing tracking by the Harris Poll.
“Right now we’re seeing a fear of venturing too far away from home and a fear of being in tightly confined spaces,” says John Gerzema, CEO of the Harris Poll.
As of now, over half of Americans (51%) have canceled or postponed upcoming travel plans due to coronavirus (COVID-19). Seventy percent say they would not get on a plane right now, up from 61 percent 10 days ago. Two thirds of respondents (66%) would not dine out at a restaurant, up from 37 percent 10 days ago. This trend is unsurprising, given that many states and municipalities have issued “stay at home” orders and the airline industry is running at reduced capacity.
The Harris Poll results show a notable gender difference, with women taking a more cautious approach compared to men when it comes to their willingness to travel. For example, three quarters of women (77%) are unwilling to travel on an airplane during the outbreak versus six in 10 (62%) men.
For the travel industry, there are indications that it could take months for business to pick up even after the COVID-19 curve flattens, with a significant slice of Americans saying they envision staying relatively close to home for several months following the crisis.
“We’re seeing what looks like a longer-tail effect to get some of these travel options back up to normal,” says Gerzema. In the 30 days after the COVID-19 curve flattens, for example, “people say they are twice as likely to greet people with a handshake than fly on a plane, which I find absolutely just remarkable.”
The chart below shows how long it will take after the curve flattens before a majority of Americans embrace various activities.
When Americans are asked how long after the curve flattens it will be before they will dine out, four in 10 (43%) say they’ll do it within 30 days. The number rises to two thirds (66%) when you include those who will go to a restaurant within three months, and this is true for both men and women surveyed.
One fifth of Americans (21%) say they will stay in a hotel within a month of the curve flattening. Add another 20 percent (41% combined) who say they’ll stay in a hotel within three months. By six months out, six out of 10 (60%) respondents say they’ll visit a hotel. Interestingly, men hit a majority earlier, at the under-three-month mark.
The numbers are a bit more dismal for the airline industry, with only one in six (15%) Americans saying they’ll fly within a month after the government signals that COVID-19 is abating. Another 16 percent (31% combined) say they’ll fly within three months. Worryingly, only about half of Americans (49%) think they’ll be ready to fly at the six-month point. The majority of both men and women hit a majority within four to six months after the curve flattens.
The cruise industry is expected to have the longest road to recovery. Only 10 percent of Americans say they’ll get on a cruise ship within a month of the curve flattening. By the six-month mark, only a quarter (26%) of respondents think they’ll be ready to sail. A combined majority (57%) is hit only when you include people who say it will take a year or more before they will take a cruise. Among men, a majority say they will feel comfortable cruising earlier, within a year of the curve flattening.
It’s important to remember that this is a snapshot taken at a very dark time. “At the moment, getting on a plane or a cruise ship look like high-stakes gambles,” says Gerzema. “Keep in mind that we're not yet in the trough of this crisis. The wave hasn't yet crested. So we would expect to see this sort of near-term pessimistic outlook and concern that people have right now.” Some of these concerns may lift, predicts Gerzema, when the country starts to recover from the crisis.
For more information, see the topline results of the latest Harris Poll.
Methodology: This survey was fielded online among a nationally representative sample of 2,023 U.S adults from March 21-22, 2020.
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Over the past week, American attitudes toward the coronavirus have become dramatically more serious, as the U.S. has seen an uptick in positive cases and precautionary measures, according to a new survey provided exclusively to Axios by The Harris Poll.
Why it matters: The data shows that the public has developed a heightened sense awareness around the virus, and is losing its feeling of invulnerability.
- More people are worried about hospitals running out of ventilators, fewer people are willing to shake hands with others, and roughly a quarter of the population fears dying from the virus.
- More people say they have canceled or postponed upcoming travel plans due to the coronavirus.
By the numbers: More Americans are taking precautionary measures.
- More than 80% of Americans say they've increased washing their hands since the virus outbreak and more than 70% say they now use hand sanitizer.
- A majority of Americans say they're stocking up on bottled water, canned goods, frozen food and toilet paper.
Between the lines: The survey also finds that more Americans are quickly changing their purchasing habits, which could have implications for the economy.
- More than one-quarter of respondents (27%) say that the virus has had "major impacts" on their shopping habits.
- More than half (53%) of respondents said Wednesday they that were no longer willing to go shopping, up from 43% just a few days ago.
Be smart: America's wake-up call comes as the administration and local governments have shown more signs that they are taking the spread of the virus seriously.
- In recent days, more than half of the states in the U.S. have closed schools, cities have announced shelter-in-place orders and the White House has advised that no more than 10 people gather at a time.
- That level of increased attention from the top seems to be resonating with Americans, as more say they regularly get information from the White House and state governors than they did when the survey was first deployed a week ago.
The bottom line: Americans are finally beginning to take the coronavirus seriously.
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There is a wide disparity between beliefs and behavior when it comes to the novel coronavirus, despite public health experts, government officials, and business executives urging Americans to stay home. California’s Bay Area has mandated a “shelter in place” policy for some 7 million residents, which requires them to remain at home barring essential activities. New York City may be expected to follow suit.
Seventy-four percent of Americans are afraid of accidentally spreading the virus to vulnerable people even if they are asymptomatic, according to a new survey from Harris Poll. But they’re not changing their daily patterns to actually mitigate risk to other people, according to the survey of 2,050 U.S. adults between March 14 and March 15.
Eighty-nine percent of Americans are still going to coffee shops and 58% have not changed how often they’re inviting people over, according to the Harris Poll survey respondents, whose age, sex, race/ethnicity, education, region, and household income were weighted to bring them into line with their actual proportions of the U.S. population.
Half of respondents have not altered their hygiene behavior with house guests (e.g., asking friends and family to wash their hands immediately upon entering). As recently as this past weekend, social distancing has become ubiquitous in talk but not practice.
Still, since the first confirmed case of COVID-19 in the United States was reported on January 20, conditions have only escalated, with the virus reaching all 50 states and taking over 100 lives in the U.S.
‘The kerosene on the fire of the news cycle’
The unknown and unprecedented nature of the disease is stoking fear among Americans. Seventy-nine percent of respondents said drastic headlines about how society is changing is the No. 1 reason they are fearful. Seventy-eight percent said they are primarily scared because of the deluge of news about people fighting over products at the grocery store; 75% pointed to the constant stream of reactions to the outbreak on social media.
“It’s the kerosene on the fire of the news cycle. Every hour, some news event is coming out — that’s creating a lot of fear and anxiety among Americans. We’ve never had a crisis in America with the sophistication of social media in this participative way, amplifying fear. Social media can also amplify good news when it comes, but there doesn’t seem to be good news yet,” said John Gerzema, CEO of The Harris Poll.
The poll also found, unsurprisingly, that work is being disrupted to some degree for all Americans. The biggest changes workers have seen from their employers are postponing work travel and remote work. Eighteen percent of respondents said COVID-19 has decreased their productivity.
In light of store closures and reduced hours, those working in the service industry are hit the hardest, while tech and business workers benefit the most from “work from home” policies, which is not an option for many employees — across retail, hospitality, transportation and the like.
Adults with household income of at least $100,000 are three times more likely than families that make $50,000 or less to say they are working from home more often as a result of the coronavirus outbreak. Twenty-three percent of the affluent group say their employer has mandated a remote work policy compared to 13% of those in households making $50,000 or less.
Some employers are scrambling to implement policies to care for their employees amid such extenuating circumstances. Seventeen percent of adults whose households make $100,000 or more say their employer has explicitly offered to cover out-of-pocket healthcare costs for preventative care, (e.g., C19 testing, PCP visits), compared to six percent of those families making less than $50,000.
“This is a fluid situation. Some of us are caregivers, tutors, remote workers, daycare providers. And life has completely changed for many Americans,” Gerzema said. “There are big frustrations that their employers are lagging. Businesses have been caught flat-footed. From the worker’s point of view, there hasn’t been a strong cadence of communication or demonstration of actual policies.”
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