On the day that President Joe Biden announced the deadline for his federal vaccine mandate, a new poll came out showing that Americans are much less concerned about COVID.
The Reuters/Ipsos poll found that only 12% of Americans would list public health, including COVID, as their top national priority. At the same time, 2/3 of Americans say inflation is “a very big concern for me.”
Analysts say this turn in focus to the economy helped propel Republicans to victory in Virginia’s recent elections.
An NBC poll that found 71% of Americans think America is on the wrong track also reported that voters favored Republicans’ handling of inflation by 24 points and their handling of the economy by 18 points.
“Jobs and the economy, the COVID-19 pandemic, and the cost of living are the top issues for Virginia voters, with Democrats rating the COVID-19 pandemic as their top issue and Republicans choosing jobs and the economy as theirs,” Echelon Insights ahead of the election in Virginia.
Biden has claimed the vaccine mandate mandate will help the economy, though that is disputed.
“I’m calling on employers to act,” Biden said. “Businesses have more power than ever before to accelerate our path out of this pandemic, save lives, and protect our economic recovery.”
Meanwhile, Democrats’ overall approval rating has dropped significantly this year.
“Democrats’ approval remained high through May, before falling to 38% in June after Congress failed to reach bipartisan agreement on an infrastructure package by Biden’s Memorial Day deadline,” Gallup said. “Democrats’ approval rebounded somewhat over the summer but has plunged again in the latest measure, as disagreement among Democrats over Biden’s major spending bill has continued. As congressional Democrats are still attempting to reach consensus on a spending bill, 33% of Democrats approve and 65% disapprove of the job Congress is doing, essentially a reversal of the February figures (61% approval, 37% disapproval).”