Massachusetts residents broadly support the steps that have been taken to minimize the spread of COVID-19 and are willing to endure continued disruption to everyday life in order to contain the disease, a new Suffolk University/WGBH News/Boston Globe poll shows. But the statewide survey conducted last week also indicates that economic pain created by the response to the pandemic is widespread and growing.

When asked how much longer, emotionally, they could endure their current situation, 38 percent of respondents answered “indefinitely,” while 29 percent said “a few more months.” Seven percent said “not much longer.”

A Suffolk/Globe poll in late March yielded comparable but somewhat lower numbers, with 32 percent of respondents saying they could endure their current situation indefinitely, 24 percent saying they could endure it for a few more months, and 2 percent saying they couldn’t endure it for much longer.

Read the full results of the poll here.

“What I thought would happen is that people would be fed up and their tolerance would be a lot lower, and … what we’re seeing is just the opposite,” said David Paleologos, director of the Suffolk University Political Research Center.

“People are saying now much of what they said back in March, which is: ‘If it takes me to hang in there indefinitely, I will do that,’” Paleologos added. “That’s a big finding, because people realize how serious this is, and they’re going to do whatever it takes to make sure they’re protecting themselves and their families.”

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Rachel Grashow, a Cambridge resident and mother of two, is among those prepared to continue staying home, even though she’s growing weary of the isolation.

“I think now that schools are closed, and I have little kids until the end of the year, I feel a little more despondent and fearful of how to fill that much time,” Grashow said.

Despite that, she’s prepared to follow stay-at-home advisories as long as necessary to stay safe. “I didn’t think I could do this for that much longer, but there are no options,” she said.

Gov. Charlie Baker has extended his stay-at-home advisory and closure of non-essential businesses through May 18. On that date, a plan for a phased reopening of the economy will be released, Lt. Governor Karyn Polito said yesterday.

Most poll respondents gave Baker high marks for his handling of the coronavirus outbreak, with 84 percent approving and 10 percent disapproving.

While Baker is a Republican, more Democrats (93 percent) approved of his response than members of his own party (62 percent).

President Donald Trump fared worse, with 25 percent approval and 66 percent disapproval.

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Middleborough resident Peter Howland said he’s unimpressed with both the state and federal responses to COVID-19.

Howland, 31, believes the state’s closure of nonessential businesses prevents small businesses and blue-collar workers from earning money. He had harsh words for the federal government’s attempts to ease economic pain, citing the problems obtaining business loans and unemployment benefits.

Howland said he would send the general public back to work, while supporting institutions that serve vulnerable populations like the elderly and the homeless.

“I hate to say it, but people are going to die,” he said. “The high[er] risk people are the ones that, if they need — they can stay home.”

The Suffolk/WGBH News poll of 500 Massachusetts residents was conducted from April 29 to May 2 and has a margin of error of plus or minus 4.4 percent.

Respondents also gave high marks to their own social-distancing efforts, with 69 percent saying they’ve been “very strict” about staying home as much as possible, not gathering in groups and not shaking hands or hugging.

They were less impressed by the efforts of others, with just 12 percent describing other people as “very strict” and 24 percent saying other people are “not very strict.”

Patricia Hackbarth of Bradford considers herself a strict social distancer. She said she hasn’t visited with friends and has only made one nonessential trip, which was to purchase recreational gardening supplies.

“We go out to get the essentials when we have to with a mask on,” Hackbarth, 54, said. “I’ll try to back away, if someone goes to get the butter before I can … I’ll just let them get to it and wait until a better time to go get it.”

When she sees people who aren’t practicing good social distancing, Hackbarth added, she stays quiet rather than confronting them.

“Everybody’s a little anxious and such,” she said. “So I’m not going to cause chaos. I’m just going to move along.”

Forty-one percent of poll respondents said they wear a mask any time they go outside, including while taking walks outdoors. Fifty-two percent say they wear one when they’re in public spaces like grocery stores. (The final two evenings of polling took place after Baker’s May 1 announcement that the state will require the use of face coverings in places where social distancing is not possible beginning on May 6.)

The widespread commitment to strictures endorsed by politicians and public-health experts to counter COVID-19 squares with another finding from the recent poll: 60 percent say they’re more worried about their physical health than their financial well-being, compared to 28 percent who say the opposite.

Still, the financial impact of the pandemic and the measures implemented to control it have been substantial. Forty-six percent of respondents said the coronavirus crisis has diminished their regular income, compared to 36 percent in the March poll.

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Paleologos, the pollster, noted that younger people are taking an especially hard economic hit.

“That increase” — in respondents reporting a decrease in regular income — “is more pronounced among young respondents, ages 18 to 34, where the increase is 18 points,” he said.

Perhaps as a result, people aged 18 to 24 were also more pessimistic when it comes to the future. While 69 percent said they expect life will be better a year from now, just 55 percent of 18- to 24-year-olds feel that way, the lowest percentage of any age group.

Paleologos also sees warning signs for the state’s economic future in the results from two questions about local economic drivers — the MBTA and sporting events.

Asked if they would be comfortable riding buses, subways and commuter trains if there is an effective treatment for COVID-19, but not a vaccine, 57 percent said no. Asked about attending a sporting event in the same circumstances, 52 percent said no.

Even if a COVID-19 vaccine existed, 25 percent and 23 percent of respondents said they wouldn’t be comfortable taking the “T” or going to a game, respectively.

“It is really tough to think about something like that any time in the upcoming year or two,” said Rob LeBlanc, 39, of Waltham.

Even if an effective vaccine is developed, LeBlanc added, “I would want to hear about what the procedure was for people getting that vaccine. Is it going to be available? Will people that want it or that need it be able to have it?”

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“What I found is a very cautious public,” Paleologos said. “This is an important poll for policymakers to look at, along with the other data that they look at, to be ahead of the curve when it comes to transportation and attending sporting events and concerts or the like. Because otherwise it’s going to be a very slow recovery, vaccine or not.”

The poll also found widespread support for expanded mail-in voting in this year’s primary and general elections, with 74 percent favoring the idea of conducting voting entirely by mail.

“I don’t really see any negatives from doing so,” said Sonya Brock of Barre, citing the convenience and safety of casting a ballot by mail rather than at a crowded polling place.

Brock — who, depending on your definition, is either an younger Gen X-er or an older millennial — predicted a switch to mail-in voting would yield greater participation.

“I think it just makes it more accessible for a larger percentage of the population,” she said.

While Secretary of State William Galvin and others have urged quick action to expand voting by mail, Baker has been more reluctant.

“Among registered Republicans, only 14 percent of registered Republicans said yes to mail-in voting, compared to 84 percent of Democrats and 82 percent of independents,” Paleologos said. “So I think, in a sense, Baker might know of this and may have his eye on his own party.”

The poll included one upbeat finding that transcends both politics and the harsh realities of the coronavirus crisis: 73 percent of respondents said Massachusetts residents are mostly generous and kind to others, compared to just 18 percent who said they’re mostly selfish and looking out for their own interests.