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, https://tinyurl.com/surwvjev
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%|