One in four American adults said they had struggled to pay bills during the early months of the COVID-19 pandemic, and one in three said they drew on savings or retirement accounts to make such payments, a Pew Research Center survey found. Black and Hispanic Americans were more likely than other groups to report having such issues.

Source: Kim Parker, Rachel Minkin and Jesse Bennett, “Economic Fallout From COVID-19 Continues To Hit Lower-Income Americans the Hardest,” Pew Research Center, Sept. 24, 2020,

Data for the graphic are as follows:

Category Percentage of All Adults Percentage of White Adults Percentage of Black Adults Percentage of Hispanic Adults Percentage of Asian Adults
Used money from savings/retirement to pay bills 33% 29% 40% 43% 33%
Had trouble paying bills 25% 18% 43% 37% 23%
Gotten food from a food bank/organization 17% 11% 33% 30% 14%
Had problems paying rent/mortgage 16% 11% 28% 26% 15%

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