August 10, 2020
Virus poll finds Californians struggling over finances, mental health, racial disparities
SAN FRANCISCO – (INT) – A new survey shows that Californians don’t perceive much, if any, progress against the coronavirus pandemic since the early days of the crisis.

According to the July Survey by the Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC), about eight in ten Californians report that their life has been disrupted a lot (46%) or some (37%) by the coronavirus outbreak—almost identical to findings in the April PPIC Survey.

Meanwhile, compelling evidence of deeply embedded racial/ethnic disparities is mounting as California struggles to contain the deadly virus. Public support for policy solutions is limited by trust in government to do what is right. While public opinion can shift rapidly, current views are bleak across California.

Little progress has been made in dealing with the unequal racial/ethnic consequences of COVID-19, as the pandemic disproportionately affects the health and wellbeing of Latinos and African Americans. Statistics from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention highlight the fact that age-adjusted hospitalization rates are highest among these two groups.

Disruption and worry about personal finances continue to take a toll. Seven in ten adults say they are very (35%) or somewhat (36%) worried. Moreover, about half of Californians say that worry or stress related to the coronavirus has had a negative impact on their mental health.
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