Thompson Releases Results of Coronavirus Relief Survey Sees support for expanding Federal assistance, cautious approach to reopening

Thompson Releases Results of Coronavirus Relief Survey Sees support for expanding Federal assistance, cautious approach to reopening


Washington – Today Rep. Mike Thompson (CA-05) released the results of his Coronavirus Relief Survey, polling constituents about their experience during the Coronavirus pandemic. This survey was conducted from May 1 through May 8 and results include answers from 4605 respondents. The survey was emailed out to constituents via Thompson’s mail records list as well as circulated via press reports and Thompson’s social media accounts. Respondents were chosen by self-selection. A statement from Thompson is below.

“Despite social distancing guidelines that keep us apart, I want to ensure I am doing everything I can to connect with people in our community and ensure their needs are met during this crisis. That’s why I launched my Coronavirus Relief Survey and why I am glad to have input from more than 4,000 people in our district. The results are clear – people want more support from the Federal government. Nearly everyone polled supports expanding the programs started in the CARES Act, such as the Paycheck Protection Program and the expanded unemployment insurance program. The vast majority also favor a cautious approach to opening up our community to ensure the health and safety of our neighbors and friends. Know that these results will inform my continued work to bring Federal relief back to our district.”

Full results of Thompson’s Coronavirus Relief Survey are as follows:

Have you been hurt financially by the COVID-19 pandemic?

Yes, somewhat                               43.8%
No, not at all                                   30.2%
Yes, very much                               26%

Have you received a stimulus payment?

Yes                                                                                          42.3%
No, but I'm expecting a payment                                             30.5%
No, I'm not eligible                                                                   21%
No, the IRS website is unable to find my information                6.3%

If yes, have you experienced any issues receiving the amount for which you are eligible? If you answered no to the previous question, skip this question.

No                   76.5%
Not sure          14.9%
Yes                    8.7%

Which CARES Act programs (if any) have helped you or your family?

Stimulus payment                                                     35.1%
None                                                                         33.8%
Expanded unemployment insurance                        10.7%
Small business assistance (PPP, EIDL, etc.)              7.1%
Student loan relief                                                       4.7%
Not sure                                                                       3.9%
Mortgage forbearance                                                 3.2%
Other                                                                            1.7%

Which CARES Act programs (if any) do you think should be extended or increased?

Small business assistance (PPP, EIDL, etc.)      22%
Expanded unemployment insurance                   21%
Stimulus payment                                                16.8%
Student loan relief                                                15.6%
Mortgage forbearance                                          15.6%
Not sure                                                                  3.3%
Other                                                                       3%
None                                                                        2.6%

Are you waiting to hear back on any CARES Act relief you have applied for?

No                                                                                                65.9%
Yes, waiting for information or a check from the IRS                  15.1%
Yes, waiting for information on unemployment benefits             10.4%
Yes, waiting to hear back on a small business loan                    8.6%

How would you like to see the “re-opening” of our communities play out?

More cautiously to prioritize protecting public health         69.3%
More quickly to prioritize getting people back to work       23.9%
Not sure       3.8%
Other            3%

Do you think Congress should provide more funds to help schools, hospitals, paramedics, police departments, and other services in future coronavirus legislation?

Yes             74.8%
Not sure     12.9%
No              12.2%