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Poll: 62 percent of New Yorkers say worst of coronavirus pandemic is yet to come

64 percent believe schools will reopen in September
Poll: 62 percent of New Yorkers say worst of coronavirus pandemic is yet to come
Posted at 7:13 AM, Jul 13, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-13 07:13:17-04

LOUDONVILLE, N.Y. (WKBW) — A new poll from Siena College says that 62 percent of New Yorkers believe the worst of the coronavirus pandemic is yet to come.

By contrast, only 27 percent of New Yorkers believe the worst is behind us.

According to the poll's data, by 70-22 percent, New Yorkers prefer the government’s priority be containing the spread of COVID-19, even if it hurts the economy, rather than restarting the economy, even if it increases the risk to public health.

“Majorities of every demographic, except Republicans, think that we haven’t seen the worst of the pandemic, and majorities of every demographic want the government to concentrate on containing the virus even if the economy suffers,” according to Siena College Research Institute Director, Don Levy. “Nearly 80 percent are concerned that they, or another member of their household, will get sick with COVID-19.”

Additionally, 64 percent of New Yorkers believe that schools will reopen in their area by September, with 18 percent saying it's very likely, while 46 percent say it's somewhat likely.