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Readerboard on the Main Street Bar & Grill as businesses await the opportunity to legally reopen (June 5, 2020). Photo: My Ferndale News

How have Ferndale area perspectives and behaviors about the COVID-19 crisis changed over the last year (POLL)?

FERNDALE, Wash. — It was about a year ago when government mandates began forcing businesses and schools to close putting many out of work and putting many community resources out of reach. Shortly after, My Ferndale News’s readers answered questions to determine the extent of these impacts on readers.

Readers are again asked to participate in the following polls to see how behaviors and impacts have changed nearly a year later.


Do you think students and teachers should return to in-person education?

  • Yes, immediately
    (51%, 267 Votes)
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  • Yes, soon
    (21%, 108 Votes)
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  • Not too soon
    (17%, 90 Votes)
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  • Not sure
    (7%, 39 Votes)
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  • Absolutely do not
    (4%, 21 Votes)
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Total Voters: 525

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Do you agree with closing the US-Canada border except for essential travel?

  • Yes
    (34%, 171 Votes)
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  • No
    (22%, 112 Votes)
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  • Absolutely do
    (20%, 99 Votes)
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  • Absolutely do not
    (15%, 74 Votes)
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  • Not sure
    (9%, 43 Votes)
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Total Voters: 499

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Should all businesses be permitted to open without restriction?

  • Yes, immediately
    (38%, 188 Votes)
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  • Not too soon
    (24%, 121 Votes)
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  • Absolutely not
    (21%, 105 Votes)
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  • Yes, soon
    (15%, 73 Votes)
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  • Not sure
    (3%, 14 Votes)
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Total Voters: 501

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How have the closures financially impacted you?

  • Employee: Able to continue working / No change
    (44%, 196 Votes)
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  • Fixed income: My retirement portfolio has remained the same
    (18%, 81 Votes)
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  • Fixed income: My retirement portfolio has shrunk
    (7%, 29 Votes)
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  • Fixed income: My retirement portfolio has grown
    (6%, 26 Votes)
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  • Employee: Furloughed or extended leave without pay
    (6%, 25 Votes)
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  • Owner: My business remained open with significant drop in revenue
    (5%, 24 Votes)
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  • Employee: Laid off (unemployed)
    (5%, 24 Votes)
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  • Owner: My business had to close temporarily
    (2%, 11 Votes)
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  • Owner: Have closed my business permanently due to closure order
    (2%, 9 Votes)
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  • Owner: My business remained open with significant growth in revenue
    (2%, 9 Votes)
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  • Owner: My business remained open with no change in revenue
    (1%, 6 Votes)
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  • Employee: Furloughed or extended leave with pay
    (1%, 5 Votes)
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Total Voters: 445

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Have you taken advantage of any offer(s) for financial relief (e.g. rent, mortgage, utilities)?

  • No
    (89%, 420 Votes)
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  • Yes
    (8%, 39 Votes)
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  • Considering it
    (2%, 11 Votes)
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Total Voters: 470

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Have you reduced your discretionary spending?

  • Yes
    (45%, 214 Votes)
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  • No
    (26%, 123 Votes)
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  • No, trying to spend more to help struggling businesses
    (17%, 81 Votes)
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  • Yes, had no choice due to layoff/business closure
    (12%, 55 Votes)
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Total Voters: 473

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Are you practicing physical distancing (maintaining at least 6' from others in public)?

  • All the time
    (43%, 205 Votes)
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  • Most of the time
    (35%, 168 Votes)
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  • Sometimes
    (10%, 48 Votes)
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  • Not at all
    (7%, 33 Votes)
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  • Not as much as others
    (5%, 26 Votes)
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Total Voters: 480

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Have you been avoiding leaving home?

  • As much as possible
    (30%, 143 Votes)
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  • Not at all
    (28%, 132 Votes)
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  • Sort of
    (24%, 116 Votes)
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  • Mostly
    (18%, 84 Votes)
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Total Voters: 475

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Do you wear a mask while in public?

  • All the time
    (61%, 293 Votes)
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  • Yes
    (19%, 89 Votes)
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  • Sometimes
    (12%, 56 Votes)
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  • Not as much as others
    (4%, 21 Votes)
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  • No
    (4%, 20 Votes)
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Total Voters: 479

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Have you or any of your immediate family members tested positive for COVID-19?

  • No
    (83%, 389 Votes)
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  • Yes
    (17%, 77 Votes)
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Total Voters: 466

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How have the changes over the past year impacted your mental health?

  • Negatively
    (52%, 240 Votes)
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  • Not at all
    (30%, 139 Votes)
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  • Very negatively
    (13%, 60 Votes)
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  • Positively
    (4%, 20 Votes)
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  • Very positively
    (1%, 5 Votes)
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Total Voters: 464

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Which has had a bigger impact on your life?

  • Social-Economic impacts of the responses to the COVID-19 disease
    (61%, 274 Votes)
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  • Health concern impacts of COVID-19 disease
    (39%, 176 Votes)
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Total Voters: 450

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How will you spend the upcoming federal Economic Impact Payment (select all that apply)?

  • Put in savings/emergency fund
    (27%, 153 Votes)
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  • Pay essential expenses
    (18%, 101 Votes)
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  • Pay existing debt
    (16%, 88 Votes)
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  • Spend at local business(es)
    (12%, 69 Votes)
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  • Do not expect to receive federal Economic Impact Payment
    (12%, 69 Votes)
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  • Other
    (6%, 32 Votes)
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  • Make a big purchase that has been put off for a while
    (6%, 31 Votes)
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  • Make a big purchase to treat myself or someone else
    (3%, 18 Votes)
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Total Voters: 447

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What will be the first thing you do when all COVID-19 related mandates are lifted?

  • Visit friends and family
    (37%, 174 Votes)
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  • Go to a restaurant or bar
    (20%, 91 Votes)
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  • Nothing different
    (16%, 74 Votes)
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  • Make plans to travel somewhere by plane or ship
    (13%, 62 Votes)
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  • Cross the US-Canada border
    (12%, 58 Votes)
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  • Go camping, fishing, hunting
    (1%, 6 Votes)
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  • Call boss to see if/when I can come back to work
    (0%, 1 Votes)
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Total Voters: 466

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