8 in 10 Americans say their lives have been disrupted by coronavirus pandemic: Gallup

8 in 10 Americans say their lives have been disrupted by coronavirus pandemic: Gallup
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Eight in 10 Americans said their lives have been disrupted a great deal or a fair amount by the coronavirus pandemic, a web-conducted Gallup survey released Tuesday shows. 

The percentage of Americans surveyed who said they are experiencing a great or fair amount of disruption is up from 56 percent in mid-March. The latest poll is based on interviews conducted between March 30 and April 2. Since the last poll, nearly every state has issued stay-at-home orders and businesses and schools have shut down across the country.

Fewer respondents — 19 percent — now say they believe the disruptions will continue for “a few more weeks,” down from 37 percent a few weeks ago. 

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The majority of respondents, 59 percent, said they expect the disruption to last “a few more months,” up from about 50 percent who said so in the mid-March poll.

Another 19 percent said they expect the disruptions will last until the rest of the year, up from 13 percent. 

The percentage of Americans who said their lives have been disrupted a great or fair amount is fairly evenly split by age, college degree and annual household income, based on Gallup’s polling.

For example, 86 percent of Americans surveyed aged 18-44 said they were impacted a great or fair amount, as did 80 percent of those aged 45-64, and 73 percent of those aged 65 and older. 

Similarly, 76 percent of respondents with a household income of less than $36,000 said they were impacted by a great or fair amount, as did 84 percent of people with a household income of $90,000 or more. 

The Gallup poll is based on self-administered web surveys conducted between March 30 and April 2 from 4,473 adults. Gallup weighted the obtained samples to correct for nonresponse. Gallup weighted the sample to match the national demographics of gender, age, race, Hispanic ethnicity, education and region. There is a 3 percentage point margin of error.