Pandemic financially imperils nearly half of American households, poll finds

September 10, 2020

Many in the U.S. are facing a cascade of economic and health-related problems revealed in a new survey by NPR, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and Harvard's T.H. Chan School of Public Health. The poll finds nearly half the households in America — 46 percent — report facing serious financial pain during the pandemic — a problem that is more acute in the four largest U.S. cities, and among Latino and Black households. Hundreds of billions in government stimulus and other support did not make an apparent dent in their struggles.

In addition, over half, or 54 percent, of those with household incomes below $100,000 reported serious financial problems, compared to only 20 percent of those with incomes above that threshold.

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