Polls reveal America’s biggest worry – it’s not coronavirus – Action News Now

Economic woes continue to outweigh concerns over U.S. coronavirus pandemic, new survey suggests

More Americans are citing Covid-19 as their top concern, according to recent polls, suggesting that concerns about a lagging economy and four decades of high price inflation are greater than the ongoing health crisis.

Published on Monday, a new polling Only 37% of respondents to a survey conducted by The Associated Press and NORC Center for Public Affairs Research ranked the virus as one of their top five priorities for government policy this year, down from 53% in 2021.

While concerns about the economy haven’t changed much from last year, a sizeable 68% rank the issue as one of the top five for 2022, while those who specifically mention inflation have risen sharply over the same period, From around 1% to 14%.

As of November last year, consumer prices rose by 6.8% year-on-year, 39-year high, according to the Associated Press. The surge in prices has coincided with a surge in the number of Americans who cite the cost of living and household finances as their top government priorities, to 24% in Monday’s poll, compared with just 12% last year.

Immigration has also risen over the past 12 months, with 32% citing it as a top priority, up 14 percentage points from 2021, while “The Gun Problem” It also rose 19 points over the same period. “Other Healthcare” Matters other than Covid-19, and “racism” and “Racial Inequality” Down 11 and 9 points respectively.

The survey, which included 1,089 respondents, was conducted between December 2 and 7 — following the rise of the Omicron strain, suggesting that even with the rapid spread of the latest “variant of concern” designated by the World Health Organization Worries are also falling. US and elsewhere.

Additionally, in follow-up interviews, many respondents said the latest news about Omicron had not changed their views on the pandemic, noting that the group included “Self-identified Democrats.”