The results of our Covid Impact Survey are in. We received responses from 209 subscribers. The survey revealed that the pandemic had affected the lives of a majority of the respondents. While the survey and the results are not scientific, they offer a glimpse of how folks have been affected by the worst pandemic in over 100 years.
#1 Work Life
Just under a third of respondents reported no impact on their working situation. However, 15% of respondents reported being laid off or furloughed during the past 8 months.
#2 Relationships and Communication
This question sought to show how folks are keeping in touch with other family members during this pandemic. 89% reporting communicating with friends and family at least several times a week.
#3 Mental Health Impact
Just over half the respondents reported some form of mental stress in the past eight months of the pandemic. While we don’t have a comparison of to the days before the start of the Covid pandemic on this question, its a strong impact indicator on how its affecting mental health.
#4 Wearing A Face Mask
Over 50% of our respondents strongly disagreed with the statement, “I shouldn’t be forced to wear a mask.” (0 = Strongly Disagree, 10 = Strongly Agree, Average 2.8)
#5 Covid as A Threat
Over 50% of the respondents strongly disagreed with the statement, “I don’t think the coronavirus is as big a threat as “they” make it out to be.” (0 = Strongly Disagree, 10 = Strongly Agree, Average 2.3)
#6 Deaths From Covid Compared to the Flu
Over 50% of the respondents strongly disagreed with the statement, “Deaths from coronavirus don’t seem worth shutting everything down when you consider the numbers that die every year from the flu.” (0 = Strongly Disagree, 10 = Strongly Agree, Average 2.9)
#7 Everyone Should Wear a Face Mask to Prevent Covid
Over two-thirds of the surveys respondents strongly agreed with the statement, “Everyone, including people who do not have symptoms, should wear a cloth face covering if they leave their home to prevent the possible transmission of the Coronavirus. ” (0 = Strongly Disagree, 10 = Strongly Agree, Average 8.0)
#8 Remembering To Wear a Facemask
Over 50% of the respondents strongly disagreed with the statement, “I forget to wear a face mask when going out.” (0 = Strongly Disagree, 10 = Strongly Agree, Average 1.8)
#9 Covid Pandemic Impact on School Aged Children
Responses to this question ranged widely. Of those who reported having school-aged children at home, 15% indicated that they have attended remotely or split between in-person and remote school attendance. 1.4% have been homeschooled. A majority of our respondents do not have children living at home.
#10 Knowing Someone Who Has Been Infected with Covid
This response was a bit of a surprise. Almost 80% of our respondents reported that they know someone who has been infected with the Covid virus. This is in-line with a survey conducted by NBC News that reported a majority of people, 68%, know someone with the disease.
#11 – Working Remotely During the Pandemic
Of those respondents who are working, just under a third report that they have work remotely. Almost 4% indicate they work from their cottage or cabin, and even a few have worked while camping.
#12 – Michigan’s Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s Handling of the Covid Emergency
Over half of the survey respondents strongly supported the statement, “In Michigan, the governor has the authority to declare a state of emergency, such as the one for the coronavirus. Do you support or oppose the governor’s authority to declare and extend a state of emergency?” (0 = Strongly Oppose, 10 = Strongly Support, Average 7.2)
#13 – Governor Whitmer’s Handling of the Covid Pandemic
Just over half of the survey respondents strongly supported the statement, “Do you support or oppose the way Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer has handled the Covid Pandemic in Michigan?” However, with a 6.8 average response, the governor didn’t win complete support on handling the pandemic so far. (0 = Strongly Oppose, 10 = Strongly Support, Average 6.8)
#14 – Michigan’s Legislature’s Handling of the Covid Pandemic
About 1 in 4 respondents are really not happy with the Michigan Legislature’s handling of the pandemic. However, the response ranged widely. This was our only survey question with a midline response with the statement, “Do you support or oppose the way Michigan Legislature has handled the Covid Pandemic in Michigan?” (0 = Strongly Opposed, 10 = Strongly Support, Average 3.7)
About the Covid Impact Survey
This non-scientific survey was sent to over 8,000 readers in November 2020. Of those, we received 209 responses to net a 2.6% response rate. Some questions were based on those issued by the National Institutes of Health and tailored to our subscribership living or having an interest in Michigan.
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