We all know the United States of America is divided along multiple fault lines. Even more so now after the latest presidential election.
There are significant differences in wealth, political views, gender, age, and race, all of which create sharp inequality and polarization.
While you might think COVID-19 will help balance things out, decreasing nationwide inequality, in reality, it could lead to further fracturing in society.
That’s why Zety wanted to examine the issue and explore coronavirus’s effects on the job market, government intervention, and the broader economy.
Below is a quick summary of the study’s core findings:
- 64% of people are certain inequalities in wealth and income would surge after the pandemic subsides.
- 40% of Americans feel pandemic job losses were due to poor individual performance, not circumstances beyond our control.
- Women’s jobs are 19% more at risk than male ones, with only 47% of women having the ability to work from home compared to 62% of men.
- Only a third of respondents feel government support should be more than a one-off.
- 68% of Democrats believe that the pandemic crisis means there’s more of a need for government measures to reduce differences in income levels than 37% of Republicans.