Washington D.C., January 14, 2022, - A new report out from AAUW showcases findings from a recent Ipsos survey of women living in New York City. Some women—including many earning middle-class incomes—report that they were in a financially precarious position well before the pandemic pushed them over the edge. While those living in New York City and other high-cost cities face some unique challenges, their experiences before and after the pandemic provide a window into the larger national issue of how quickly all women can fall into financial hardship.
About the Study
This Ipsos poll was conducted on behalf of the American Association of University Women, Inc., between August 27-September 16, 2021, using the KnowledgePanel® and supplemented with opt-in sampling. This poll is based on a representative sample of 723 female residents of New York City, age 18 or older.
The study was conducted in both English and Spanish. The data were weighted to adjust for age by race/ethnicity, race/ethnicity, education by race/ethnicity, household income, county, and Hispanic origin. The demographic benchmarks came from the 2019 American Community Survey (ACS) from the US Census Bureau. Opt-in respondents also had set weight calibrations on how much TV they watch, internet usage, whether they use the internet to express political beliefs, and frequency of trying new products. The weighting categories were as follows:
- Age (18-34, 35-54, 55+) by Race/Ethnicity (Non-Hispanic White, Non-Hispanic African American, Non-Hispanic Others, Hispanic)
- Race/Ethnicity (Non-Hispanic White, Non-Hispanic African American, Non-Hispanic Asian/PI, Hispanic, Non-Hispanic All Else)
- Education (Less High school/High school, Some College, Bachelor+) by Race/Ethnicity (Non-Hispanic White, Non-Hispanic African American, Non-Hispanic Others, Hispanic)
- Household Income (<$25K, $25K<$50K, $50K<$75K, $75K<$100K, $100K<$150K, and $150K+)
- County (Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens, Staten Island)
- Hispanic Origin (Non-Hispanic, Puerto Rican, All Other Hispanic Origin)
- Calibration – how long do you watch TV on an average day ( less than 3 hrs/day, 3+ hrs/day)
- Calibration – how long do you spend on internet ( Less than 10 hrs/week, '10+ hrs/week)
- Calibration - use internet to express opinions about political/community issue ( Not at all, Less than a month or more often)
- Calibration – try new products ( Not at all/Somewhat, A lot/Completely)
- Household Income (<$25K, $25K<$50K, $50K<$100K, and $100K+) by Race/Ethnicity (Non-Hispanic White, Non-Hispanic African American, Non-Hispanic Others, Hispanic)
The margin of sampling error is plus or minus 5.4 percentage points at the 95% confidence level for results based on the entire sample of adults. In our reporting of the findings, percentage points are rounded off to the nearest whole number. As a result, percentages in a given table column may total slightly higher or lower than 100%. In questions that permit multiple responses, columns may total substantially more than 100%, depending on the number of different responses offered by each respondent.
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