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Majority of New Yorkers believe the worst of the pandemic is still to come

Jul 13, 2020 3:45 pm
The Siena College Research Institute is reporting 62 percent of New Yorkers surveyed believe the worst of the coronavirus pandemic is still to come, while 27 percent think the worst is over. Seventy percent prefer the government's priority be containing the spread of the virus, even if it hurts the economy rather than restarting the economy at the potential risk to the public health. “Nearly 80 percent are concerned that they, or another member of their household, will get sick with COVID-19,” said SCRI Director, Don Levy. Participants were also asked for their thoughts and experiences with racism. Eighty-one percent said systemic racism is a serious problem in New York. One-third of all New Yorkers and 71 percent of black residents statewide often witness or hear about people being discriminated against because of their race or ethnicity. Only 29 percent of residents say they were seldom or never aware of racial or ethnic discrimination. “...While 36 percent describe themselves as ‘not racist,’ 53 percent of New Yorkers prefer to say they are ‘anti-rascist,” Levy said. Read the full press release at siena [dot] edu [slash] scri.
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