New York State residents taking social distancing much more seriously than NYC

March 20, 2020 (New York) -- New York State and New York City residents are responding to the coronavirus crisis in markedly different ways, based on new data from technology company Elucd. As the new state-wide order for all non-essential New Yorkers to stay at home begins to set in, just issued by Governor Cuomo, this data serves as a baseline as we follow how New Yorkers across the state will adapt. 

Local New York survey responses pulled from Elucd’s national daily coronavirus preparedness tracker from March 17 to March 18 show New York City residents are social distancing significantly less than residents outside New York City, among other differing results: 

  • Only 1 in 4 NYC residents are social distancing "nearly all the time." Meanwhile, almost double the number of NYS respondents are isolating at that level. 
  • Only 5% of New York City residents report they are doing "everything they usually do," whereas 23% of residents of New York State report the same.
  • 2 in 3 NYS residents (68%) support closing *all* non-essential businesses, except for healthcare and other essential categories — well above NYC (52%) and national numbers (41%). 
  • More New York City residents support enforced curfews and quarantines for those infected: 40% of NYC respondents believe in curfews and 54% in quarantines for COVID-19 patients, vs. 34% and 13% of NYS respondents respectively.


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More about Elucd’s Methodology 

This data set is based on a representative sample of 586 New York City residents and 450 New York State residents over the age of 18 conducted on March 17-18, 2020 (Tues/Wed). MoE for NYC is +/- 4%, and NYS MoE is +/- 5%. US data is based on response from 450 Americans daily, MoE is +/- 5%.

Elucd’s Blockwise is currently deployed by more than a dozen city governments nationwide and overseas. The team is leveraging this technology for the National Coronavirus Preparedness Dashboard, a new, free tool for government leaders across the U.S. to measure key indicators at a national level related to COVID-19 preparedness and perception. 

The Dashboard is updated regularly with fresh data gathered from a nationally representative sample, helping leaders track key elements like how concerned or worried people are; how prepared they feel in dealing with this novel coronavirus; and where they get trusted information that would cause them to take actions or make behavioral changes. This real-time data, at scale, can be tailored for governments and health officials to assist in identifying persons with signals for COVID-19. 

The firm regularly conducts public interest polling on issues regarding community sentiment along with special polling on issues of the day such as infrastructure resilience and political elections. The technology engages individuals through geo-targeted digital advertisements on the social media platforms, apps and websites they use and visit every day.

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