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Unemployment, a Big Concern for Americans

Unemployment, a Big Concern for Americans

Despite the recent improvement in the job market, most American households are job sensitive.

By the numbers

  • 41% of households have at least one person looking for a full-time job.
  • 42% are concerned that a family member may lose their job in the next six months.
  • 38% have lost their job or have had their work hours reduced due to the pandemic.

Main takeaway

The job situation must improve significantly for the economy to recover.  The government's help by way of unemployment benefits and job training programs are critical for the economy.
For further results and methodology, check out our polling division at tipponline.com.

Questions covered:

In the NEXT 6 MONTHS, do you think that ECONOMIC CONDITIONS in the country will be better, worse, or about the same as now?

31% Better
37% Worse
24% the same
8% (Not sure)

Have you lost your job or seen your work hours reduced as a result of the coronavirus outbreak?

15% Lost Jobs
23% Yes, work hours have been reduced
53% No
3% Prefer not to answer
38% Lost/Reduced hours

Please tell me how many members of your household are currently unemployed and are looking for employment now.

21% -- One
13% -- Two
7%  --  Three or more
54% None
2% Not sure
41% Refused
41% One or more
How concerned are you that in the next 12 months, you or a member of your household might be laid off:
21% Very concerned
21% Somewhat concerned
15% Not very concerned
33% Not at all concerned
8% Not sure
2% Refused
42% Concerned
48% Not concerned


TechnoMetrica conducted the TIPP Poll using an online survey from December 1 to December 3.  The nationwide study had a sample of 1,209 Americans, 18 or older. TechnoMetrica's network of panel partners provided the study sample.  Upon the study completion, TechnoMetrica weighted the study dataset by gender, age, race, education, geographical region, and party to mirror known benchmarks such as the U.S. Census.  The credibility interval (CI) for the survey is +/- 3.2 percentage points, meaning the study is accurate to within ± 3.2 percentage points, 19 times out of 20, had all Americans been surveyed. Subgroups based on gender, age, ethnicity, and region have higher credibility intervals due to smaller sample sizes.

Americans' Views On Social Media Censoring
Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act protects social media companies from liability over posted content.  In the recent past, questionable activities became more common on popular social media platforms.  In response, social media began to clamp down or censor.  The companies perhaps went too far in censoring, leading to drawing the attention of congress.  Now, a big concern is whether social media companies assert too much control over free speech.
Under the hood:
•    38% think social media companies often censor political viewpoints. 
•    Conservatives (58%) and Republicans (51%) are more likely to think that social media companies frequently censor, while liberals (25%) and Democrats(24%) are least likely to think so.
•    22% are "very confident" that social media companies are impartial.  25% of Democrats, 28% of Republicans, and 15% of independents are very confident.
Main takeaway:
Consumers have mixed feelings about social media censoring heightened by its role in the 2020 presidential election. They are likely to be scrutinized and face more regulation soon.
For further results and methodology on our research, check out our polling division at tipponline.com.
Questions Covered:

Generally speaking, how confident are you that social media companies can impartially determine which posts on their platforms are inaccurate or misleading?

22% Very confident
26% Somewhat confident
21% Not very confident
21% Not at all confident
10% Not sure

42% Not confident

Generally speaking, in your opinion, how often do social media companies censor political viewpoints that they disagree with?

38% Frequently
28% Occasionally
17% Rarely
5% Never
12% Not sure

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