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As of Oct. 7-10, 58 percent of respondents said they would get vaccinated right away, down from 69 percent who said the same in August. @nytimes @statnews #COVID19 #vaccine
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In the early weeks of 2020, the Milken Institute and The Harris Poll surveyed 23,000 people in 27 countries to identify their most urgent social and economic priorities. Then the pandemic hit. In the ensuing months, the Institute and Harris replicated the fieldwork to understand how people's pressing pre-COVID needs have been reprioritized in the midst of a pandemic. The results reveal that many of the challenges people face—including financial vulnerability, social injustice, and access to affordable health care—are both interdependent and amplified by the virus. This panel will explore how we can solve these most urgent challenges with renewed collaboration, innovative thinking, and tailored approaches to communities in need around the globe.
CEO, The Harris Poll
Managing Partner, Pluribus Ventures; Former Acting President and CEO, Overseas Private Investment Corporation
Chairman, Institutional Clients Group, Citi
President and CEO, CARE USA
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A majority of people also report having a greater appreciation of their surroundings when outside
By Ethan Jakob Craft | Ad Age
With most stay-at-home orders in the United States now lifted, Americans are taking an increased notice of out-of-home advertising and engaging with their surroundings more as they venture back outdoors, according to a new study from the Out of Home Advertising Association of America and The Harris Poll.
The new poll found 45% of Americans report noticing billboards, outdoor video screens, posters and other forms of OOH advertising more now than before the pandemic began, which should come as a sigh of relief for OOH marketers following the category’s grim outlook earlier this year.
Consumers in urban cities with populations of more than 1 million people—areas that were likely to be impacted most by lockdown mandates this summer—reported the highest increase at 69%, while rural Americans were the least likely to notice more OOH, at 30%. Across the board, 7 in 10 respondents said they now have a greater appreciation of their surroundings when outdoors.
“After the challenges of lockdown, we are all enjoying time in our neighborhoods and beyond—with a greater appreciation for everything we experience outside of our homes,” says OAAA president and CEO Anna Bager. “This research has confirmed that OOH has the power to influence consumers as never before.”
COVID-19 has also made consumers more receptive to trying new brands, the poll found, with 43% of respondents saying they use a mix of both new and familiar brands since the onset of the pandemic. An additional 24% report using previously unfamiliar brands almost exclusively, with half opting to stick with their new choices post-pandemic.
The poll also asked Americans about their travel plans for the upcoming holiday season and found that while the coronavirus has forced 80% of people to alter their plans, 67% still intend to travel somewhere this winter. In fact, 4 in 10 respondents say they plan to travel the same distance or further than they did last year.
A vaccine will come at some point. The skepticism has already arrived.
By Ethan Hauser, Jill Cowan and Frances Robles | The New York Times
As the Trump administration has pressed publicly for top-speed development and approval of a coronavirus vaccine, allotting billions of dollars to pharmaceutical companies, political leaders and public health experts have warned of the dangers of rushing the process.
That divide has only grown recently, as two of the country’s high-profile governors, Andrew M. Cuomo of New York and Gavin Newsom of California, revealed their caution about potential vaccines.
Mr. Newsom announced plans to form an independent panel in his state to review any federally approved vaccines before they are administered to residents. “Of course we won’t take anyone’s word for it,” he said in a news briefing Monday.
California’s new case rates have stayed relatively low, but in much of the rest of the country, the numbers are alarming: On Friday, according to a New York Times database, the United States reported at least 70,464 new cases, the highest figure since July 24. Over the past week, there has been an average of 56,655 cases per day, an increase of 30 percent from the average two weeks earlier.
Mr. Newsom’s announcement came after Mr. Cuomo said last month that New York would also review vaccines approved by the federal government — although Mr. Cuomo tied the move to doubts raised when President Trump suggested that he would reject tougher Food and Drug Administration guidelines. “Frankly, I’m not going to trust the federal government’s opinion,” Mr. Cuomo said.
Recent surveys appear to show that the public shares the governors’ skepticism, with the idea of getting a vaccine as soon as it is available losing appeal for many Americans.
In a poll of likely voters conducted by The New York Times and Siena College, 33 percent said they would definitely or probably not take a vaccine after F.D.A. approval.
In a STAT-Harris poll of about 2,000 people, conducted Oct. 7-10 and published Monday, 58 percent of respondents said they would get vaccinated right away, down from 69 percent who said the same in August.
The decline was twice as steep among Black respondents: Just 43 percent said in October that they would get the vaccine, down from 65 percent in August.
Rob Jekielek, the managing director of The Harris Poll, which has been asking the question throughout the pandemic, said two news events appeared to have played a role in the decline: the back-and-forth between the F.D.A. and the White House over vaccine guidelines, and Mr. Trump’s Covid-19 diagnosis and treatment.
Read the full story at The New York Times.
The coronavirus pandemic is causing financial stress and anxiety for many Americans, yet it is people of color who are feeling it the most, according to an analysis of the American Staffing Association’s latest survey on the workforce.
“The pandemic has disproportionately affected lower-income groups, especially those in occupations that do not lend themselves to remote work,” said the group’s CEO, Richard Wahlquist.
Hispanics/Latinos and Blacks are more worried than Whites about their employment situation, such as finding a new job, having the necessary skills to land a job, the need to transition to a new career or role, and losing a job.
They are also disproportionately concerned about their financial situation, including paying for housing, student-loan debt and child care.
For instance, 65% of Hispanics/Latinos and 58% of Blacks are worried about being able to pay their rent or mortgage, the analysis found. Of those who identify as White, 44% said they are concerned. Additionally, 53% of Blacks and 51% of Latinos/Hispanics are concerned about paying for child care, compared to 34% of Whites.
When it comes to work-related concerns, finding a job topped the list for Hispanic/Latinos, at 58%, compared to Blacks at 54% and Whites at 45%. Needing new skills to land a new job was the biggest worry for Blacks, at 56%. Sixty-two percent of Hispanics and 44% of Whites were concerned.
The survey of 2,065 U.S. adults aged 18 and older was conducted online by The Harris Poll June 16-18, 2020. Results were weighted on age, gender, education, race/ethnicity, household income and size, marital status and geographic region when necessary to align with the proportions of the U.S. population. They were also adjusted for differences between online and offline populations.
“While our data doesn’t illuminate the drivers, it’s clear that demographic data from [the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics] and Census underscore long standing disparities in income, education and occupational attainment based on race,” Wahlquist.
September’s unemployment numbers bear that out. While the overall unemployment rate was 7.9%, Whites had a 7% rate, Blacks were at 12.1% and Hispanics had a 10.3% unemployment rate.
These days, people of color are feeling that the odds are not stacked in their favor, said certified financial planner Lauryn Williams, a four-time Olympian and founder of Dallas-based Worth Winning, which offers virtual financial services.
“The narrative is very much one of inequality and injustice right now,” said Williams, a member of the CNBC Financial Advisor Council.
“Some people of color are experiencing self doubt and have very little confidence to apply for jobs that they are not 100% qualified for,” she added. “They do not have resources such as the internet to take advantage of free resources to gain new skills.”
Help each other
When it comes to finances, it’s important now more than ever that people work together to pool resources and make sure that needs are met, Williams said.
“Stress shopping and splurges can be curbed by asking yourself, ‘Who in my circle needs my help and how can I make my dollars stretch further?’” she said.
Also, take inventory of what you have and see what you can sell to create cash.
Hiring is happening
Jobs are out there, said Wahlquist.
There are more than 6 million job openings in the U.S., according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
“The staffing industry is seeing hiring in new and in-demand jobs as a result of the pandemic,” he said.
That includes roles in IT, customer service, delivery and financial services. Contract tracers and social distance monitors have also emerged as a result of Covid-19.
Wahlquist hopes the ASA’s findings spark more research into the reasons behind greater worry among people of color.
“We hope these findings lead to more support for these groups to help alleviate some of these financial and work worries for the long term — not just during the current pandemic-caused economic recession,” he said.
Read the full story at CNBC.
Last month, pre-flight rapid Covid-19 testing was hailed as an economic salvation by the International Air Transport Association (IATA), the trade association representing over 260 of the world's airlines.
“The key to restoring the freedom of mobility across borders is systematic Covid-19 testing of all travelers before departure,” said Alexandre de Juniac, IATA’s Director General and CEO. “This will give governments the confidence to open their borders without complicated risk models that see constant changes in the rules imposed on travel. Testing all passengers will give people back their freedom to travel with confidence. And that will put millions of people back to work.”
The IATA says there is worldwide public support for mandatory pre-departure testing, citing its own public opinion survey, which found that 84% of respondents believe testing should be required of all travelers and 65% think travelers who test negative for Covid-19 should not have to quarantine.
In the U.S., folks seem a bit less certain. Less than half of Americans (46%) say on-site rapid same-day testing of airline passengers for Covid-19 would get people flying again, according to the latest Harris Poll Covid-19 tracking surveybeing released today.
Domestic air travel is down more than 60% compared to where it was this time last year, but there are clear indications that Americans are itching to fly more. Last month, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) screened more than 900,000 passengers on just two days out of 30, and both were during Labor Day weekend, according to the agency’s throughput data. As of today, October isn’t yet half over and already the TSA has hit the 900,000-passenger milestone on five days this month, a clear sign that more Americans are comfortable getting on a plane.
No U.S. airline has stated that it will require a negative Covid-19 test before boarding. But for passengers, a negative test can mean the ability to skip quarantining at their destination. United Airlines, American Airlines and JetBlue have announced they will offer pre-flight testing for certain destinations such as Hawaii, Costa Rica and the Caribbean.
Beginning tomorrow, for instance, United Airlines will offer rapid polymerase chain reaction (PCR) nasal-swab tests at San Francisco International Airport (SFO) to passengers heading to Hawaii, where a negative FDA-approved test result lets them avoid quarantining for two weeks upon arrival. That test costs $250 per passenger, on top of airfare.
A small but growing number of major airports in the U.S. — from Miami and Tampa to San Francisco and Dallas — have recently introduced rapid on-site Covid-19 testing. That list now includes all three major airports in the New York City area: LaGuardia, John F. Kennedy and Newark.
Even so, not all Covid-19 tests are created equal and you typically get what you pay for. Some airports, like Tampa International Airport, offer both a rapid antigen test ($57, results within 15 minutes) and a rapid PCR test ($125, results in 48 hours).
Rapid antigen tests are faster and cheaper than rapid PCR molecular tests, but they are also considerably less accurate. The rate of false negative results for rapid antigen tests can be as high as 50%, which is why the FDA does not considerantigen tests as a single determination for active infection.
Even as Covid-19 testing becomes more commonplace at airports, persuading Americans that it’s safe to travel may remain a heavy lift during a pandemic that is still rampaging through the United States.
The Harris Poll’s latest survey found that one third of Americans (33%) are less likely to fly now than they were three months ago, with a smaller fraction (22%) saying they are more likely.
“Providing safe and reliable testing is certainly one way to give some concerned fliers peace of mind,” says John Gerzema, CEO of The Harris Poll. “But as shown in our data, nearly six in 10 are no closer to hopping on a plane than they were back in July and even with rapid testing available pre-flight, the American people are still hesitant to board a plane with others.”
Read the full story at Forbes.