We often hear that Washington is out of touch. But a new poll only helps confirm it.
President Joe Biden this week last week held a COVID-19 “summit,” ordered flags in the U.S. to fly at half-staff to commemorate surpassing the 1 million dead mark – most of whom did after he became president – and predicted 100 million new infections this fall, a claim disputed by Biden’s own former top adviser on the virus.
A Pew Research Center poll, taken during the last week of April and released on Thursday, indicates Americans put COVID-19 dead last on the list of their 12 most immediate priorities.
Pew’s poll found inflation was the No. 1 problem facing the country. Overall, 70 percent described inflation as a “very big problem,” while another 23 percent said it was “moderately big.”
Just looking at the “very big problem” category, the respondents ranked the following 2 through 11: healthcare affordability; violent crime; gun violence; the federal deficit; climate change; the quality of K-12 schools; illegal immigration; racism; infrastructure; and unemployment.
COVID-19 ranked 12th, with just 19 percent saying the virus is a “very big” problem.
In fact, 31 percent characterized the virus as a “small” problem, while 12 percent said it was “not a problem at all.” Those ratios were the highest in those categories among the 12 issues identified in the poll.
Pew noted that in June 2020, 58 percent of those surveyed described COVID-19 as a “very big” problem.