Stay-at-home restrictions put in place by New York should not end on Friday, a plurality of Capital Region residents told a Siena College/Times Union poll released Monday morning.
The poll found 49 percent of residents believe the restrictions should remain in place beyond Friday, when the state may begin to gradually lift them for some regions and sectors of the economy.
About 39 percent of residents say it will be safe to to do so, however, as hospitalization rates and new COVID-19 hospital cases continue their weeks-long decline statewide.
The poll comes as some regions in upstate New York are preparing for a phased-in reopening with criteria such as hospital capacity, testing and contact tracers in place being met by local government officials.
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Fifty-two percent of those polled are working outside of the home prior to the pandemic and are confident their workplace will being taking the necessary steps to keep them and their clients safe from the pandemic.
Eighty-one percent of all residents are at least somewhat confident that most businesses will be able to keep people safe during a reopening.
The shutdown has made for a struggle in the area’s economy. Twenty-six percent of people surveyed said they have had a household member who has lost their job during the pandemic. More than half, 54 percent, have received money from a federal government stimulus program.
More than 40 percent have struggled paying for groceries and 24 percent struggled with meeting monthly household expenses.
The survey of 1,007 Capital Region residents was conducted from April 27 to May 1 and polled residents in Albany, Columbia, Fulton, Greene, Montgomery, Rensselaer, Saratoga, Schenectady, Schoharie, Warren and Washington counties.
It has a margin of error of 3.5 percentage points.