BOSTON (CBS) – A new study suggests people in Massachusetts are becoming more optimistic about their finances as vaccinations grow during the pandemic.
Springfield-based life insurance company MassMutual surveyed 500 residents from February 19 to March 1.READ MORE: Vigil Held For Capitol Police Officer Billy Evans In Hometown Of North Adams
They found 74-percent are “very or somewhat optimistic about their current financial outlook.” That’s higher than the national average of 69-percent, according to the survey.
When asked if this “is the worst economic downturn I’ve ever seen,” 76-percent of women in Massachusetts said it was, compared to 64-percent of men.READ MORE: Coronavirus In Massachusetts: Today's Developments
Researchers found women in Massachusetts are less likely to be “very optimistic” about their financial outlook than men. Twenty-four percent of men said they were while only 14-percent of women agreed.
Women were also more likely by a wide margin – 48-percent to 29-percent – to have eliminated spending on non-essential items.
The study also found more than half of Massachusetts residents claimed their use of social media has gone up since the start of the pandemic.MORE NEWS: Mass. To Receive Significantly Less Johnson & Johnson COVID Vaccine Doses Next Week
You can read the entire survey results here.