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Gallup Poll: More Americans Can Afford to Stay Home Longer

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By    |   Thursday, 30 April 2020 11:41 AM

A majority of Americans say they can financially afford to stay home longer, according to a Gallup poll released Thursday.

The poll shows that 59% of Americans surveyed said they could financially handle social distancing "as long as necessary," which is a 4% increase from two weeks ago. 

The poll results indicate:

  • 59% of Americans say they can indefinitely afford social distancing.
  • 8% of Americans are already facing financial hardship from social distancing measures. 

Gallup attributed the rise in people saying they can afford to wait out social distancing measures to stimulus checks that hit their bank accounts. 

Higher income groups were more likely to report being able to handle a longer social distancing period, according to the poll. 

For people making over $90,000, 64% agreed they could wait longer, for people earning between $36,000 to $89,999, 58% said they could financially stay afloat if restrictions are extended.

The lowest income bracket reported that 49% could afford extending social distancing. 

The Gallup poll surveyed 7,902 American adults between April 20 and 26. The margin of error is 2 percentage points.

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A majority of Americans say they can financially afford to stay home longer, according to a Gallup poll released Thursday. The poll shows that 59% of Americans surveyed said they could financially handle social distancing "as long as necessary," which is a 4% increase from...
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