New survey suggests economic woes continue to outweigh fears of coronavirus pandemic in the United States
A shrinking number of Americans are naming Covid-19 among their top concerns, according to a recent poll, which indicates greater concern about a lagging economy and four-decade high price inflation than the health crisis in Classes.
Released on Monday, a new poll by the Associated Press and the NORC Center for Public Affairs Research showed that only 37% of those polled cite the virus as one of their top five priorities for government policy this year, up from 53 % in 2021..
While concerns about the economy haven’t changed much from last year, a significant 68% still rated the issue as one of their top five for 2022, while those who specifically cited inflation rose much more sharply over the same period, going from around 1%. at 14%.
Last November, consumer prices were up 6.8% from the previous year, a 39-year high, according to the AP. The sharp price hikes match an increase in the number of Americans who see their cost of living and household finances as a top priority for the government, up 24% in Monday’s poll from just 12% last year .
Immigration has also seen a slight uptick in the past 12 months, with 32% citing it as a top concern in a 14 point jump from 2021, while “Gun problems” likewise increased by 19 points over the same period. “Other health care” questions beyond Covid-19, as well as “racism” and “Racial inequality”, fell by 11 and nine points respectively.
The survey included 1,089 respondents and was conducted between December 2 and 7 – following the rise of the Omicron strain, suggesting that concerns about the virus are diminishing even as the latest ‘variant of concern’ designated by the The World Health Organization is quickly making the rounds in the United States and elsewhere.
Additionally, in follow-up interviews, many interviewees said more recent news about Omicron did not change their opinion of the pandemic, the AP reported, noting that the group understands “Self-identified democrats”.