According to a new survey conducted by OnePoll in conjunction with Eyes of Hope, the charitable arm of VSP Global, 74% of Americans said that 2020 has made them more aware of other’s needs—and more selfless than before. A poll of 2,005 Americans revealed that since March 2020, people are embracing the idea of neighbourly love.
Some examples include: 87% of Americans have donated a portion of their paycheck, even though three in five experienced financial difficulties. 41% have helped a stranger. 38% have gone out of their way to take out their neighbour’s trash, and 31% have walked their neighbour’s dog. And, for those who live in chilly climates, 1/3rd have shovelled out a neighbour’s car in the past year. In general, 72% said they found themselves caring about the health and well-being of others significantly more in the past year.
“It’s been incredibly meaningful to see how the challenges of the last year have caused us to care even more for each other,” stated Pat McNeil, a Spokesperson for VSP Eyes of Hope. “This study validates what we’ve been hearing from our employees and charitable partners: people are looking to better the lives of others and their communities because they envision a greater purpose after such a devastating year.”