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Covid-19 poll daily insights
April 30, 2020
- More women than men plan to return to shopping in person after stay-at-home orders end.
- Many full-time non-essential workers under 45 expect to continue working remotely for a while after stay-at-home orders end.
- Housewares, home furnishings, and garden supplies are still the most popular repeat purchases aside from essentials.
Slightly more women than men plan to shop in person once more stores open.
Twenty-two percent of women say they plan to shop mostly in stores once more businesses open back up, compared to just 17 percent of men. This may suggest a return to more typical behavior for some: Over a month ago, when we asked people about their pre-pandemic shopping behaviors, more women than men said that they did more shopping in-store.
Younger workers expect to continue working remotely for longer.
Thirty-seven percent of non-essential employees 45 and over plan to go back to the office immediately, compared to 13 percent of those under 45. On the flip side, 45 percent of those under 45 plan to continue working from home for a while after stay-at-home orders are lifted, compared to 26 percent of those 45 and over.
People are still shopping for their homes.
While twenty-two percent of respondents told us they planned to buy housewares, home furnishings, and garden supplies two weeks ago, the number who actually did is significantly higher: In our most recent poll, thirty-two percent say they bought these kinds of products within the last two weeks.
Many plan to keep buying these products in the future, too. Fifty-one percent of people who just bought home and garden goods said they plan to buy more of them in the next two weeks.
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What are people buying and why?
Quite a few people mentioned plans to buy a car after stay-at-home orders are lifted. Some think they might get a good deal on a car then. Others are turning away from international travel plans to focus on their lives back at home, which they say would be improved by a new car.
As precautions around gatherings and business openings continue to evolve, some people’s summer plans and even major life events have been put on hold. From college graduation ceremonies to cross-country moves, many big plans have been canceled altogether. One respondent told us “I had to cancel my wedding and honeymoon.”