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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)
  • Yes (34%, 234 Votes)
  • No (15%, 101 Votes)
  • Not sure (9%, 59 Votes)
  • Absolutely do not (7%, 47 Votes)

Total Voters: 694

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

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

Total Voters: 689

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

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

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)
  • Absolutely did not (23%, 150 Votes)
  • Yes (22%, 142 Votes)
  • Absolutely did (12%, 79 Votes)
  • Not sure (11%, 69 Votes)

Total Voters: 642

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

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

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

Total Voters: 621

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Are you able to work from home?

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

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)
  • Yes (7%, 45 Votes)
  • Considering it (4%, 26 Votes)

Total Voters: 629

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Have you reduced your discretionary spending?

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

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)
  • Most of the time (39%, 248 Votes)
  • Sometimes (7%, 47 Votes)
  • Not as much as others (5%, 32 Votes)
  • Not at all (3%, 21 Votes)

Total Voters: 643

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

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

Total Voters: 639

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Do you wear a protective mask while in public?

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

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)
  • Yes (7%, 42 Votes)

Total Voters: 629

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

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

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)
  • Health impacts of COVID-19 disease (27%, 169 Votes)

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

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

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

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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