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AP-NORC poll: Help from friends and family was key to surviving Sandy; fewer thank government

A silver lining frames the cloud of destruction left by Superstorm Sandy. In their hour of greatest need, families and communities joined forces to help people make it through.

A poll conducted by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research found that after the storm in New York and New Jersey, friends, relatives and neighbors were cited as the most helpful sources of assistance and support.

People overwhelmingly said the storm brought out the best in their neighbors. People shared generators, food, water and other supplies. Far fewer said they found help from federal or state governments.

The nationwide survey included about 1,000 residents of 16 hard-hit counties in both states. The poll assessed the impact and recovery about six months after the storm hit.