Poll shows that most Americans have struggled during the Delta variant surge

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A new poll has found that most Americans are struggling with rent, education, and health during the recent Delta variant surge, which has caused a resurgence in the COVID-19 pandemic.

The poll conducted by NPR examined most facets of life and found that two-thirds of parents say their kids have fallen behind in school, and one in five households say someone in their home has not been able to get medical care for a condition.

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Of the households polled, 38% reported dealing with serious financial issues within the past few months. The poll also found that for Latinx, Black, and Native American households, more than 50% had serious financial problems, and 29% of white households did. The poll found the same narrative throughout many of its findings.

A sharp income divide was found, with 59% of those who report an annual income of less than $50,000 saying they had serious financial problems in the last few months. This was compared to 18% of those who make more than $50,000 annually.

Two-thirds of households all reported having received financial assistance from the government during the Delta variant surge.

With economic struggles continuing throughout the course of the pandemic for many, the poll also found that 19% of U.S. households have lost all of their savings during the pandemic, leaving them with nothing to fall back on.

Since the eviction moratorium was lifted at the end of August, 27% of renters reported having issues paying their rent.

Mental health was examined in the poll, with half of the households reporting someone in the home suffered from a serious problem with depression, anxiety, stress, or sleep in recent months.

The other issue facing Americans has been education, with 36% of children saying they “fell behind a lot,” NPR reported. Most parents shared they weren’t confident their kids would bounce back quickly. 70% of households believe it will be difficult for their children who fell behind to catch up on education loss.

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