June 18, 2020: Forty-two percent (42%) of voters nationwide have a close friend or family member who lost their job during the shutdown and has since been rehired. A Ballotpedia survey of 1,200 registered voters found that 49% do not and 9% are not sure.
There is a significant generational divide on this question. Among voters under 45, just over half (51%) know someone close to them who has been rehired. That falls to 27% among senior citizens.
Beyond that, however, there are few noticeable demographic divides.
Forty-three percent (43%) of Republican voters know someone who lost their job and been rehired. So do 38% of Democrats and 44% of independents.
We will continue to track this measure as part of our effort to monitor the reopening of American society.
Scott Rasmussen discusses the implications of this research in the podcast edition of Scott Rasmussen's Number of the Day.
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- ScottRasmussen.com, "42% know someone who lost their job during the pandemic and have been rehired," June 17, 2020
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