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Most in U.S Report No Change in Connectedness Amid COVID-19

Most in U.S Report No Change in Connectedness Amid COVID-19

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Although most Americans are experiencing some level of disruption in their daily lives as a result of the novel coronavirus, they largely do not yet feel out of touch with their family and friends. Fifty-four percent report that they do not feel any change in their connectedness to family and friends in the past week, but 28% say they are now less connected and 18% feel more connected.

Both men and women, as well as all age groups, are more likely to say their relations have waned than strengthened, but there are differences in magnitude.

Women are more likely than men to say their levels of connection have changed, both positively and negatively. As a result, fewer women (48%) than men (59%) report no change in their relations.

Younger Americans, those aged 18-34, are more likely than those in older age groups to feel less connected to friends and family in the past week. The percentages of people feeling more connected are similar by age. But the result is that majorities of those aged 35-54 (55%) and 55 and older (58%), versus 48% of 18-34-year-olds -- report no change in their ties to those close to them.

Most Americans Report No Change in Feeling Connected to Family, Friends
In the past week, would you say you feel...?
Less connected to
family and friends
No change More connected to
family and friends
% % %
U.S. adults 28 54 18
Male 25 59 16
Female 31 48 21
18-34 years old 36 45 19
35-54 years old 25 55 20
55 and older 25 58 17
gallup panel, march 24-29, 2020

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