43% of voters know someone who has been laid off from work due to COVID-19

Candice JaimungalSocial Media Contributor
November 06, 2020, 4:00 PM UTC

In the latest Economist/YouGov poll, two in five (43%) of registered voters say they personally know someone who has been laid off from work due to COVID-19. 

One in nine (11%) voters say they have personally been laid off, with 18-29 year olds the most likely to say so (18%). 

One in five (21%) say they have family who have lost their jobs, while, an identical proportion 21% have seen friends find themselves out of work because of the disease.  

As the pandemic continues to hit the United States, two in five (40%) registered voters fear they will lose their job. Voters between the ages of 30 and 44 are the most likely age demographic to fear job loss.  

Half (51%) of 30-to 44-year-old voters say they are somewhat or very worried about losing their job, compared to 44% of 18-to 29-year-olds and 36% of 45-to 64-year-olds.  

See the toplines and crosstabs from this week's Economist/YouGov Poll  


Methodology: The Economist survey was conducted by YouGov using a nationally representative sample of 1,500 registered voters interviewed online between October 31 - November 2, 2020. This sample was weighted according to gender, age, race, and education based on the American Community Survey, conducted by the US Bureau of the Census, as well as 2016 Presidential vote, registration status, geographic region, and news interest. Respondents were selected from YouGov’s opt-in panel to be representative of all US citizens. The margin of error is approximately 3.0% for the overall sample. 

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