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Nearly empty Main Street through downtown Ferndale on a Wednesday at 2:45pm during the stay at home order during the COVID-19 crisis (March 25, 2020). Photo: My Ferndale News

Have Ferndale area perspectives and behaviors about the COVID-19 crisis changed in the last month? (POLL)

FERNDALE, Wash. — A month ago, about 250 My Ferndale News readers participated in an informal poll regarding impacts from the COVID-19 crisis and behaviors during it.

As a community, have our perspectives on the impacts and behaviors changed since then? Please answer the questions below and let’s see.

CLOSURES

Do you agree with the school building closure order?

  • Absolutely do
    (36%, 253 Votes)
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  • Yes
    (34%, 234 Votes)
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  • No
    (15%, 101 Votes)
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  • Not sure
    (9%, 59 Votes)
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  • Absolutely do not
    (7%, 47 Votes)
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Total Voters: 694

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Do you agree with closing the US-Canada border except for essential travel?

  • Yes
    (41%, 280 Votes)
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  • Absolutely do
    (40%, 278 Votes)
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  • No
    (10%, 66 Votes)
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  • Not sure
    (5%, 37 Votes)
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  • Absolutely do not
    (4%, 28 Votes)
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Total Voters: 689

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Do you agree with the order to close all non-essential businesses?

  • Yes
    (26%, 179 Votes)
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  • No
    (25%, 171 Votes)
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  • Absolutely do
    (22%, 152 Votes)
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  • Absolutely do not
    (13%, 91 Votes)
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  • Not sure
    (12%, 83 Votes)
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Total Voters: 676

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Did you agree with closing state parks and wildlife and water access areas (have begun being reopened)?

  • No
    (31%, 202 Votes)
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  • Absolutely did not
    (23%, 150 Votes)
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  • Yes
    (22%, 142 Votes)
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  • Absolutely did
    (12%, 79 Votes)
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  • Not sure
    (11%, 69 Votes)
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Total Voters: 642

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Did you agree with closing most construction sites (have begun being reopened)?

  • No
    (39%, 257 Votes)
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  • Yes
    (23%, 156 Votes)
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  • Absolutely did not
    (18%, 123 Votes)
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  • Absolutely did
    (10%, 68 Votes)
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  • Not sure
    (9%, 61 Votes)
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Total Voters: 665

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ECONOMIC

How have you been financially impacted by the closures (more choices since last poll)?

  • Employee: Able to continue working / No change
    (41%, 256 Votes)
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  • Fixed income: My retirement portfolio has shrunk
    (16%, 99 Votes)
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  • Fixed income: My retirement portfolio has remained the same
    (11%, 71 Votes)
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  • Employee: Laid off (unemployed)
    (9%, 58 Votes)
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  • Owner: My business has seen a significant drop in revenue
    (6%, 36 Votes)
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  • Employee: Furloughed or extended vacation without pay
    (4%, 27 Votes)
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  • Employee: Furloughed or extended vacation with pay
    (4%, 27 Votes)
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  • Owner: My business had to close temporarily
    (4%, 23 Votes)
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  • Owner: My business has seen no change in revenue
    (2%, 13 Votes)
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  • Owner: Have closed my business permanently to closure order
    (1%, 5 Votes)
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  • Fixed income: My retirement portfolio has grown
    (1%, 5 Votes)
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  • Owner: My business has seen a significant growth in revenue
    (0%, 1 Votes)
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Total Voters: 621

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Are you able to work from home?

  • No
    (39%, 245 Votes)
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  • Yes
    (32%, 200 Votes)
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  • Not employed
    (29%, 182 Votes)
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Total Voters: 627

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Have you taken advantage of any offer(s) for financial relief (e.g. rent, mortgage, utilities)?

  • No
    (89%, 558 Votes)
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  • Yes
    (7%, 45 Votes)
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  • Considering it
    (4%, 26 Votes)
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Total Voters: 629

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Have you reduced your discretionary spending?

  • Yes
    (53%, 332 Votes)
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  • No
    (17%, 109 Votes)
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  • No, trying to spend more to help struggling businesses
    (16%, 104 Votes)
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  • Yes, had no choice due to layoff/business closure
    (14%, 86 Votes)
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Total Voters: 631

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SOCIAL

Have you been practicing social distancing (maintaining at least 6' from others in public)?

  • All the time
    (46%, 295 Votes)
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  • Most of the time
    (39%, 248 Votes)
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  • Sometimes
    (7%, 47 Votes)
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  • Not as much as others
    (5%, 32 Votes)
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  • Not at all
    (3%, 21 Votes)
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Total Voters: 643

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Have you been staying at home except for essential errands/exercise?

  • Absolutely
    (43%, 276 Votes)
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  • Mostly
    (37%, 238 Votes)
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  • Sort of
    (9%, 55 Votes)
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  • Not at all
    (6%, 38 Votes)
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  • Not as much as most
    (5%, 32 Votes)
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Total Voters: 639

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Do you wear a protective mask while in public?

  • All the time
    (33%, 207 Votes)
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  • Yes
    (28%, 177 Votes)
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  • No
    (21%, 132 Votes)
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  • Sometimes
    (17%, 105 Votes)
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  • Not as much as others
    (1%, 9 Votes)
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Total Voters: 630

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Have you or any of your immediate family members been tested positive for COVID-19?

  • No
    (93%, 587 Votes)
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  • Yes
    (7%, 42 Votes)
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Total Voters: 629

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How would you describe how all these changes have impacted your mental health?

  • Negatively
    (48%, 302 Votes)
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  • Not at all
    (32%, 203 Votes)
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  • Very negatively
    (10%, 65 Votes)
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  • Positively
    (7%, 47 Votes)
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  • Very positively
    (2%, 10 Votes)
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Total Voters: 627

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Which will have a bigger impact on your life?

  • Social-Economic impacts of the responses to the COVID-19 disease
    (73%, 449 Votes)
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  • Health impacts of COVID-19 disease
    (27%, 169 Votes)
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Total Voters: 618

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WHAT IS NEXT

When should the stay at home and business closures orders be lifted?

  • After the curve has flattened (projected for early June)
    (31%, 192 Votes)
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  • Right now. Staying at home and business closures were successful
    (25%, 156 Votes)
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  • June 1st (when the current WA order expires)
    (19%, 119 Votes)
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  • After an immunization or treatment for the severely ill is available
    (11%, 70 Votes)
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  • None of the above
    (8%, 48 Votes)
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  • After the 4th of July
    (6%, 37 Votes)
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Total Voters: 622

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If you were told there was no longer any risk of COVID-19 and all related orders were lifted immediately, what would you do?

  • Visit friends and family
    (47%, 289 Votes)
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  • Nothing different
    (17%, 105 Votes)
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  • Go to a restaurant or bar
    (17%, 105 Votes)
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  • Go camping, fishing, hunting
    (7%, 45 Votes)
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  • Travel somewhere by plane or ship
    (7%, 43 Votes)
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  • Call boss to see if/when you could come back to work
    (4%, 26 Votes)
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Total Voters: 613

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BONUS QUESTION

How did you spend your Economic Impact Payment (select all that apply)?

  • Put it in savings/emergency fund
    (31%, 212 Votes)
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  • Did not receive an Economic Impact Payment
    (20%, 136 Votes)
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  • Paid essential expenses
    (18%, 123 Votes)
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  • Paid down debt
    (9%, 64 Votes)
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  • Other
    (7%, 48 Votes)
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  • Spent at local businesses
    (7%, 45 Votes)
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  • Made a big purchase that has been put off for a while
    (5%, 37 Votes)
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  • Made a big purchase to treat myself or someone else
    (3%, 24 Votes)
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  • Put toward retirement
    (0%, 2 Votes)
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Total Voters: 602

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Come back to this page over the next few days to see how your responses compare with others in the community.


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