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Americans Feeling Less Connected as Quarantine Life Wears On
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Americans Feeling Less Connected as Quarantine Life Wears On

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Americans increasingly say they feel less connected to family and friends as most of the country is under stay-at-home orders amid the coronavirus pandemic. More than a third of U.S. adults (37%) say they have felt less connected to family and friends in the past week -- an eight-point increase from the 29% Gallup found in late March.

Line graph. Americans’ reported feelings of their level of connection to family and friends.

These findings are based on a probability-based sample of 4,727 U.S. adults from the Gallup Panel, interviewed by web April 13-16, 2020.

Less than half (49%) say they have felt no change in their personal connections -- down slightly from 54% in late March. The percentage who say they feel more connected, 14%, has ebbed slightly over the same time.

Women (41%) have become much more likely to report feeling less connected to their friends and family than was the case in March. The 10-percentage-point increase among women is twice the increase seen among men, and further accentuates the difference Gallup found last month between the two groups.

Adults aged 65 and older have also become much more likely to report feeling less connected, with an increase of 10 points since March to a current 35% for this group. Seniors now about match adults aged 18 to 44 (39%) as the most likely to say they feel less connected.

Reports of Feeling Connected to Family and Friends, by Gender and Age
% Less connected to family and friends
Mar 23-29, 2020 Apr 6-12, 2020 Change
% % (pct. pts.)
Men 25 30 +5
Women 31 41 +10
18-44 33 39 +6
45-64 23 31 +8
65+ 25 35 +10
Gallup Panel

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