Sacramento, CA - October 21, 2020: Capital Public Radio (CapRadio) and Valley Vision today announced the release of the October 2020 COVID-19 Resilience Poll report. The October 2020 report is the second in a three-part series examining the experiences and attitudes of people in the Sacramento region during the pandemic. CapRadio’s newsroom highlighted main findings in a data visualization project, is featuring week-long segments on its Insight talkshow and will use the takeaways to inform reporting across all platforms.
“The COVID-19 Resilience Poll is the only significant survey of our region’s population looking at how people are responding, adapting and reacting to the pandemic,” said Joe Barr, chief content officer at CapRadio. “As a member-supported, nonprofit newsroom, we have an obligation to support the communities we serve during this pandemic with vital information and resources to help them navigate these challenging and extraordinary times. These surveys and our subsequent reporting initiatives are a core part of our public service mission at CapRadio.”
The October 2020 report released today focuses on the extended impact of the pandemic — in its seventh month at the time of the survey — including physical, mental and emotional health and well being, income loss and job instability, views about the state of affairs and outlook from facing an uncertain future. The report also includes insight on the topic of social justice, and how views on racial equality have changed in recent months.
The public opinion poll, administered by Sacramento State’s Institute for Social Research, occurred from September 4-18, 2020, and is demographically representative of the Capital Region, encompassing eight counties, including Sacramento, Yolo, El Dorado, Placer, Yuba, Sutter, Solano and San Joaquin counties. It has a margin of error of plus or minus three percent.
Some key takeaways from the October 2020 report include:
People of color are feeling the impact of the pandemic more severely. These effects deepen the disparities in communities and create harmful and traumatic setbacks for people of color.
Mental health issues are on the rise in significant ways. Whether it is substance abuse, domestic violence, anxiety and depression, or COVID-19 fatigue, many people are at a crisis level where their health and well-bring are at risk.
Younger people are facing economic and mental health hardships not experienced in generations. The mental health and economic challenges that young people are facing could set them back for years or lifetimes.
Families with children in school face unsustainable challenges juggling jobs and education. Parents worry about impacts to their children, and also about their own abilities to work and earn a living with their kids at home.
Goodwill for social systems and infrastructure is fraying. People are less positive now than they were in May about those institutions that we look to for answers and action — at all levels, from national to local. The major exception is philanthropy and the nonprofit sector, which need investments and support in order to continue to fulfill their essential roles.
The October 2020 report, a special data visualization project and additional CapRadio reporting on the findings are available at capradio.org/poll.
About Valley Vision
For 25 years Valley Vision has helped governments, businesses, foundations and community groups better understand our region and its people through high quality research. By uncovering common ground facts using scientific opinion polls, focus groups, community needs assessments, best practice reports and other research tools, Valley Vision is a trusted interpreter, commentator, forecaster and work partner for community inspired solutions.
CapRadio serves California’s Capital Region, Central Valley and Sierra Nevada as the public-supported alternative to for-profit media. As the NPR-member station based in Sacramento, CapRadio connects with communities through seven broadcast stations, live streaming, podcasts, digital communities, live experiences and more. Known for its award-winning newsroom, CapRadio is recognized as a leader in community-engaged journalism and state government reporting, and CapRadio Music is the exclusive broadcast source of classical and jazz in the region. With more than 500,000 weekly listeners on-air and online, CapRadio provides a trusted and indispensable source of information, music and events.