More than half of California’s Latinos believe the state reopened its economy too soon and are worried they could be infected with COVID-19, a survey found Wednesday, as the state records the highest number of daily contagions
The survey by the California Health Care Foundation and polling firm Ipsos found that 51 percent of Hispanics in the Golden State warned that the reopening after the lockdown was too rapid.
Rejection of the pace of reopening grows to 53% when all Californians are considered, a remarkable increase compared to the June 19 survey, when 43% of state residents thought the reopening was rushed.
Opposition to the speed of orders to reopen the economy is growing dramatically among African Americans (71%).
Differences of opinion were more pronounced among political ideologies. The survey showed that 73 % of liberals thought that the state had reopened too quickly, among conservatives only 32 % shared this opinion.
When asked how confident you and your family are that you can get the care you need if you get COVID-19, only 31% of Latinos said they were confident you would be able to get help.
Distrust is also growing with respect to health care, with only 18% feeling confident that the state’s health and hospital system will be able to withstand a second wave of COVID-19 infections.
Of Latinos going out to work in the midst of the pandemic, 84% are concerned about exposing their family members, compared to 59% of whites.
Regarding health measures to reduce infections, more than 75 percent of Californians said that they are meeting the “all” or “most” requirements of the time.
Seventy-seven percent said they avoid unnecessary travel outside the home most of the time.
89% of Californians say they routinely wear a mask in public spaces most of the time, up 12 percentage points from late April.
90% say they stay at least six feet away from others in public spaces most of the time and 91% say they often wash their hands with soap and water.
The survey was conducted June 26-30 in English and Spanish with 1,156 California residents.
According to the latest data from the California Department of Health, the state has 277,774 cumulative cases of COVID-19, of which 54.9 percent are Hispanic, when only 39 percent of the population is Hispanic.
The most affected area in the state remains Los Angeles, with 116,707 people testing positive.