WalletHub

84 percent of Americans want another wave of stimulus checks, according to WalletHub’s new Coronavirus Relief Survey. This nationally representative survey shows how Americans view the government’s aid efforts so far, particularly the stimulus package. Below are additional highlights of the survey, along with a WalletHub Q&A.

Key Stats

  • Many people are at risk of going broke: Nearly 160 million Americans are less than three months away from running out of money.
  • Stimulus checks feed vices: Almost 24 million Americans will buy drugs, alcohol or tobacco with their stimulus money.
  • Americans want unemployment insurance to match wages: Around 56 percent of Americans don’t think people’s unemployment income should be more than their previous income.
  • People are generous during the pandemic: A third of Americans say they will donate part of their stimulus money to coronavirus relief.
  • The young want checks based on financial impact: Millennials are 25 percent more likely than baby boomers to think that stimulus checks should only be given to people experiencing income loss.
  • Americans think non-impacted businesses shouldn’t get aid: 70 percent of Americans believe that government help should only be given to businesses with a revenue loss.

The complete survey results can be found at https://wallethub.com/blog/coronavirus-government-money-survey/73544/.

Q&A with WalletHub

Will Americans spend their stimulus checks responsibly?

“Most Americans will spend their stimulus checks responsibly. The greatest percentage of people will use their check for mortgage or rent payments, followed by savings and then food purchases. About a third of Americans will be generous and donate part of the money to coronavirus relief,” said Jill Gonzalez, WalletHub analyst. “Unfortunately, almost one in 10 Americans will use their check for drugs, alcohol or tobacco.”

Do Americans think unemployment insurance should exceed normal incomes?

“The majority of Americans, nearly 56 percent, think that no one should receive unemployment insurance that is greater than their income before the pandemic,” said Jill Gonzalez, WalletHub analyst. “However, different demographics have different opinions. Only 43 percent people aged 18 to 29 think unemployment insurance should never exceed former income, while 60 percent of people aged 59+ do.”

How are Americans holding up financially during the pandemic?

“Around 160 million Americans (63 percent) are in danger of financial ruin due to the pandemic, reporting that they are less than three months away from running out of money. That’s why it comes as no surprise that the vast majority of people want another stimulus check,” said Jill Gonzalez, WalletHub analyst. “The situation is even more dire for certain populations – 75 percent of low-income households are less than three months away from running out of money, compared to 50 percent of high-income households.”

Do Americans think everyone should get stimulus money?

“Most Americans, at 62 percent, think every person should get a stimulus check, but attitudes change with age. Millennials are 25 percent more likely than baby boomers to think that stimulus checks should only be given to people experiencing income loss,” said Jill Gonzalez, WalletHub analyst. “Most Americans don’t think every business should get government aid, though, with 70 percent of people saying relief should only go to businesses that have experienced revenue loss.”