Sixty-two percent of New Yorkers think that the worst of the coronavirus pandemic is still to come while only 27 percent think that the worst is over according to a new statewide survey of residents released Monday by the Siena College Research Institute (SCRI).
By 70-22 percent, residents prefer the government’s priority be containing the spread of the coronavirus, even if it hurts the economy, rather than restarting the economy, even if it increases the risk to public health.
Looking to the future, 18 percent of New Yorkers think it very likely and 46 percent somewhat likely that by
September schools in their area will reopen. A larger majority, 82 percent think it is either very (39 percent)
or somewhat (43 percent) likely that in the fall, we will face another large outbreak of COVID-19.
“Majorities of every demographic, except Republicans, think that we haven’t seen the worst of the pandemic,
and majorities of every demographic want the government to concentrate on containing the virus even if the
economy suffers,” according to SCRI Director, Don Levy. “Nearly 80 percent are concerned that they, or
another member of their household, will get sick with COVID-19.”
Eighty-one percent think systemic racism is either a very (47 percent) or somewhat (34 percent) serious
problem here in New York. One-third of all New Yorkers and 71 percent of Blacks across the state often
witness or hear about people in New York being discriminated against because of their race or ethnicity. Only
29 percent of residents say they seldom or never are aware of racial or ethnic discrimination.
More findings at https://scri.siena.edu/category/social-and-cultural/