Majority of NYers think worst of pandemic is 'still to come'

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- More than 60 percent of New York state residents surveyed in a new poll said they believe the worst of the COVID-19 pandemic is “still to come.” 

Siena College Research Institute surveyed 810 New Yorkers at the end of June and the beginning of July, asking them if they thought “the worst of the coronavirus is over” or if they felt “the worst of the coronavirus pandemic is still to come.” 

Sixty-two percent of those residents gave the latter response, while 27 percent gave the former response, the poll’s results show. Eleven percent said they didn’t know, or refused to answer. 

Thirty-nine percent said they felt it was “very likely” the state would face another COVID-19 outbreak in the fall, 43 percent said it was “somewhat likely,” 13 percent said it was “not very likely,” four percent said it was “not at all likely,” and two percent said they didn’t know, or refused to answer. 

Seventy percent of respondents, meanwhile, said they felt the government’s priority “should be to contain the spread of the coronavirus, even if it hurts the economy,” compared to 22 percent who said its priority “should be to restart the economy, even if it increases the risk to public health.” 

The vast majority of respondents — 92 percent — said they were either “completely” practicing social distancing or practicing it “as much as (they) can,” compared to six percent who said they were practicing social distancing “sometimes” and two percent who said they were practicing it “not very much at all.” 

The full results of the survey are below, via Spectrum News: