Census Bureau survey … where are all those Americans struggling to hold on by their fingernails?

Based on the survey numbers below 35% of households may be finding it difficult paying their bills. 11% are finding it a struggle to obtain adequate food. To hear some politicians tell the story, half of America is barely hanging on financially.

If we focused more on those in need instead of relying on generalized pandering, perhaps more of value would be accomplished.

Based on responses collected January 6 through January 18, the US Census Bureau Household Pulse Survey estimates that:

  • 27.0% of American adults expect someone in their household to experience a loss in employment income in the next 4 weeks
  • 38.4% of adults live in households where at least one adult substituted some or all in-person work for telework because of the coronavirus pandemic
  • 11.3% of American adults lived in households where there was either sometimes or often not enough to eat in the previous 7 days
  • 8.9% of adults are either not current on their rent or mortgage payment, or have slight or no confidence in making their next payment on time
  • Of adults living in households not current on rent or mortgage, 34.2% report eviction or foreclosure in the next two months is somewhat or very likely
  • 35.1% of adults live in households where it has been somewhat or very difficult to pay usual household expenses during the coronavirus pandemic
  • 80.7% of adults in households with post-secondary educational plans had those plans cancelled or changed significantly this fall
  • 7.7% of adults have received a COVID-19 vaccine
  • Among adults who have yet to receive a COVID-19 vaccine, 50.9% definitely will get one when available


  1. I lean left on most issues but on this I am of the opinion that we should do more for those in need and not do anything for the remainder. If I understand the option which the Republicans advanced correctly I agree give it to those who are under $50k per year and nothing to those over that amount and I would exclude all who are on Social Security as they made their bed and this bailout should not have been and should not be a boon for them to place money into savings or blow on a vacation or whatever, they had a lifetime to save for retirement so this should not be just some bonus at all taxpayers expense. For those folks who lost jobs /income they should get the help they need to subsist, but no one else.


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