Nearly half of NYC residents know someone who has died from coronavirus, poll shows
Nearly half of New York City residents said they know someone who has died from the coronavirus — a stunning finding that reveals how deeply the disease that has ravaged the Big Apple, according to a new poll released Monday.
The statewide Sienna College survey found that 46 percent of city residents known someone killed by COVID-19, as do 36 percent of suburbanites and 13 percent of upstaters. In all, about one-third of voters statewide know someone who has died.
The killer virus has particularly impacted New York’s minority communities — with 52 percent of Latino voters and 48 percent of black voters knowing someone who has died, compared to 25 percent of whites.
“The human toll is almost unfathomable,” said Siena pollster Steven Greenberg. “Half of Latino and black voters know someone who has passed away from this insidious virus.”
The overall death toll from COVID-19 statewide rose to 16,966, Gov. Andrew Cuomo reported Sunday.
Meanwhile, 51 percent of voters statewide said they know someone who is infected with the virus — mostly downstate.
The poll found that 60 percent of New York City respondents and 67 percent of suburbanites know someone who had COVID, compared to 30 percent of upstaters.
“Last month, fewer than one-third of New Yorkers knew someone who had tested positive for coronavirus. Today, 51 percent personally know someone who has been infected with COVID-19,” Siena’s Greenberg said.
The economic toll also has been devastating, with 32 percent of respondents saying they or someone in their households has been laid off because of the pandemic.
Nearly half of Latino voters – 48 percent – said the pandemic has put either them or a family member out of work, compared with 30 percent of both white and black households.
Hispanics are disproportionately represented in the hard-hit food service and hotel industries, largely closed by social distance restrictions.
The unemployment results confirm the economic anxiety New Yorkers expressed in a Siena College survey about the pandemic last month.
“To say the coronavirus has had a tremendously detrimental effect on New York’s workforce — upstate and downstate — is a gross understatement,” Greenberg said.
“Nineteen percent of voters have themselves been laid off and another 13 percent say someone in their household has been laid off,” Greenberg said.
This Siena College Poll was conducted April 19-23 and queried 803 New York State registered voters. It has an overall margin of error of plus-or-minus 3.7 percentage points.
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