- According to the PA citing the results of an election-year poll, American political unrest is changing in a way that suggests that maintaining control of Congress will be a serious challenge for Democrats.
- “The approach to fighting the coronavirus pandemic, once strongly favoring President Joe Biden and the Democrats, is now less on the minds of Americans. COVID-19 is increasingly overshadowed by concerns about the economy and personal finances, especially inflation, which are topics that could strengthen the Republicans “- estimates AP
- The survey was conducted in early December as concern about the virus grew and as Omikron swept the country but before it caused a record number of cases, hospitals were overloaded and holiday travel was disrupted. However, recently interviewed participants in the poll said they had not changed their minds on priorities, stresses the PA
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Only 37 percent. Americans were mentioned in the Covid survey as one of the five most important tasks of the government in 2022. Last year, it was the main one for 53 percent of the respondents.
Currently, it is the economy of 68 percent. respondents in one way or another are treated as the most important problem. A similar percentage said the same last year, but 14 per cent of the risk of inflation indicated the risk of inflation. people, while last year there were less than 1 percent of them. Almost twice as many Americans (24%) as the last year mention the cost of living as a government priority.
In the opinion of the authors of the poll, this reflects the challenges facing the Democrats. Especially since Biden’s party won the White House and control of Congress in 2020 with pledges to wage the battle against COVID in a more competent manner than former US President Donald Trump’s team. The persistence of the pandemic has weakened the strength of these declarations.
According to Adam Green, co-founder of the Progressive Change Campaign Committee, quoted by AP, the key to the Democrats’ success in 2022 is to alleviate fears about the virus, but also to have concrete political results. They included the push through the Biden project with huge social expenses – “Build Back Better”. However, the law on this issue was stuck in the Senate.
Many survey participants underlined that they did not suggest ignoring the pandemic. Compared to the previous year, a higher percentage of people identified other issues as urgent in 2020. For Republicans it was immigration and for Democrats it was gun control.
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