How are Washingtonians faring during the coronavirus crisis? New research finds optimism amidst economic hardship.

As social distancing rules remain in place and much of the economy stays shuttered, how are Washingtonians responding to the crisis? The marketing communications firm Quinn Thomas partnered with DHM Research to find out, surveying  502 Washingtonians online between April 1-6, 2020.

What they discovered is encouraging. The results are reported in a blog post, which includes a 1-minute video overview and a link to an infographic summarizing the results.

Some highlights:

  • 90 percent of residents are social distancing.
  • 24 percent report they or somebody in their household have lost their job due to public health measures brought about by the coronavirus.
  • 55 percent of survey respondents said Washington is heading in the right direction. This is 15 percentage points higher than our last survey in December 2019.
  • Residents give stellar marks to hospitals and clinics (81% say coronavirus response is excellent or good); our state health agency, Washington Health Care Authority (66%); and to the job Gov. Inslee is doing (62%).
  • 31 percent of residents state they will need help covering their rent or mortgage.

Washingtonians want to get back to work, yet as the positive evaluations of the state’s coronavirus response suggest, recognize the importance of the public health restrictions.

An overwhelming majority of survey respondents (75%) told us it’s important to keep the economy moving.

A bit more about the economic toll.

Nearly one in four survey respondents (24%) report they or somebody in their household have lost their job due to public health measures brought about by the coronavirus. Thirty-eight percent report they or somebody in their household have either lost their job or suffered a pay cut.

Unfortunately, the financial pain is skewed toward those aged 18 to 29. Thirty-seven percent say they or somebody in their household have lost their job. Further, 65 percent say they or somebody in their household have either lost their job or taken a pay cut – 65 percent!
We recommend the brief report.