AP Poll: Most losing jobs to virus think they’ll return
UPDATED 4:15 PM PT — Saturday, April 25, 2020
According to a new poll, a quarter of American adults are either experiencing unemployment or know or someone who has lost their job. However, a vast majority of those who were let go have said they expect to return to work once the economy is reopened.
The poll reported 46 percent of all Americans have experienced some form of layoff, whether that’s a salary cut or reduced paid leave.
Jeremy Miller was a bartender at a high scene cocktail bar in Charlotte, North Carolina. He explained his frustration, relaying how difficult it was not knowing if he’d be able to eat each day.
“I would so much rather prefer to just never have to go through, like, four weeks of not knowing where my next meal is coming from, like, ever again. That was a horrible experience. I feel really, really bad for people who have to do that on a day-to-day basis outside of a crisis.” – Jeremy Miller, laid-off bartender
Though some are worried about their personal finances, most reported they feel “positive” about the situation. According to the survey, this is largely because people are either expecting to go back to work after things simmer down or because there’s no significant overlap in their paycheck.
71 percent of Americans have described the U.S. economy as “poor,” which was up from 60 percent as of three weeks ago and 33 percent in January. 64 percent claimed their money situation is “good,” a sentiment that’s remained the same since before the outbreak.
The survey underlined one thing the country is at odds about, which is the timeline of when businesses will be back up and running. Nearly half of all respondents stated the situation will improve, 37 percent believe it will worsen, and 17 percent expected things to remain just as they are now.
“Even though we want to have the perception of things wanting to be better, sometimes it don’t work like that,” said laid-off worker Connie Boyd. “So, we have to take the whole thing as a whole.”