Coronavirus is no longer a top issue for Americans. That's good news for Republicans

This week was more of a normal week for newssomething we haven’t had in a long time. A Hollywood story broke through the headlines, como Will Smith slapping Chris Rock at the Oscars became fodder for newscasts throughout the country.

Por supuesto, a story that might have made waves months agothe government authorizing a fourth Covid-19 vaccine for adults 50 y más — barely made a dent. The fact that the pandemia de coronavirus, now in its third year, is no longer a top news story is where we begin this week’s statistical journey.

Americans don’t care about the coronavirus anymore

    For about two years, the popularity of the president (whether Donald Trump o Joe Biden) was tied to how he was handling the coronavirus pandemic. Then a funny thing happened. As Covid-19 cases, hospitalizations and deaths started falling over the last few months, Biden’s approval rating on the pandemic went up while his overall approval rating stayed flat.
      Por qué?
        Un reciente Gallup poll gives us good insight. Solo 3% of Americans said the coronavirus or diseases are the top problem facing the country. That’s less than half the previous low for this answer (8%), which occurred in mid-2021 when case rates were also falling.
        Hace dos años (abril 2020), un expediente 45% said the coronavirus was the top problem in the country. It’s not surprising that we’re nowhere near that level anymore. Todavía, I had to take a step back when I saw that 3%.
          En Enero, 20% of Americans said the coronavirus was the most important problem facing the country.
          The Gallup poll isn’t the only one to show that the significance of the pandemic in the minds of Americans has fallen dramatically. Un reciente NBC News poll also found that just 3% said the coronavirus was the most important issue facing the country.
          The public is not alone in caring less about the pandemic than ever before. Cable news had fewer mentions de “covid” en marzo (menos que 2,700) than in any month since the beginning of the pandemic. At its peak, there were over 17,000 monthly mentions ofcovidon cable news.
          This shift in coronavirus coverage likely helps Republicans. The pandemic has been one of Biden’s best issues. In the NBC News poll, more Americans approved of Biden on the coronavirus (51%) than on any other issue.
          But an ABC News-Washington Post poll from February showed that about as many voters (42%) trusted the Democrats on the coronavirus as they did Republicans (39%).
          Compare how Americans feel about the coronavirus with how they feel about the economy. Economic problems are now cited by more Americans as the top issue (35%) than any other problem, según Gallup.
          Biden’s approval on the economy was 33%, per the NBC News poll. (Sixty-three percent disapproved.) Voters trusted the Republican Party as best to handle the economy by 20 puntos (55% a 35% para los demócratas), according to the ABC News-Washington Post survey.
          A midterm election fought on the economy and issues related to it (e.g., inflación) is an election Republicans are in a stronger position to win. And given the recent midterm indicators, Republicans will likely do very well in November.

          Americans may be losing interest in Russian invasion of Ukraine

          Unlike the coronavirus pandemic, La invasión de Rusia a Ucrania has never been la top-of-mind issue for Americans. It has, sin embargo, been the top news story.
          The latest polling shows that the interest Americans have had in the conflict may be waning, with a notable partisan gap emerging.
          Take a look at the Reuters/Ipsos polls. While this weekly survey doesn’t ask about Ukraine specifically, it does includewar and foreign conflictas an option when asking about the most important problem facing America.
          Esta semana, 11% of Americans said war and foreign conflict was the most important problem. El ex reportero de CBS News fue criticado por decir que el discurso de Biden en Polonia superó el "derribar ese muro" de Reagan 14% la previous week, 16% two weeks ago y 17% hace tres semanas.
          This decline in interest is mirrored by what we see on television. There were about 4,500 mentions of Ukraine during the Monday-through-Wednesday period on cable news this past week. Over the same three days four weeks prior, Ukraine was mentioned about 7,000 veces.
          The dip has been clearest on Fox. While mentions of Ukraine on CNN and MSNBC have fallen by about 28% over the past month, they’ve fallen by 50% on Fox.
          Perhaps not surprisingly, Americans less likely to care about what’s going on overseas tend to be Republicans. Three weeks ago, 17% of Republicans told Ipsos that war and foreign conflict was the country’s most important problem. Esta semana, su 8%. Four times as many Republicans (32%) said the nation’s top problem was the economy, unemployment and jobs, per this week’s poll. Among Democrats, 18% ranked the economy, unemployment and jobs as the top problem compared with 13% who said war and foreign conflicts.
          The partisan split over the significance of overseas conflicts is something seen in other polls as well. The Gallup poll I mentioned earlier is a little older, though it mentions Russia and Ukraine specifically. In that survey, 9% of Americans said thesituation with Russia and Ukrainewas the top problem facing the country. Among Democrats, era 12%. Among Republicans, era 4%.
          Para ser claro, Democrats and Republicans generally have similar feelings about the role America should play in Ukraine. It’s just that Democrats feel more strongly about the issue.

          For your brief encounters: Women’s college basketball is well watched.

          Most of the attention this weekend will be on the NCAA men’s basketball Final Four. Yet a lot of Americans are keeping an eye on the women’s tournament, which I recently wrote about.
          One thing to keep in mind: Más que 4 million Americans tuned in to last year’s women’s college basketball championship game. None of the Stanley Cup games reached that level of viewership in the US last year.
          Last week’s brief encounter: I previously spoke about how the Oscars were seeing declining ratings. There was a bit of a recovery this year, con por poco 17 un millón de personas tuning in last Sunday.
          No doubt, many who weren’t watching started paying attention once news of Smith slapping Rock became known.
          While it’s unclear what repercussions Smith will face, keep in mind that about 75% of Americans viewed him favorably prior to this year’s Oscars telecast. It would not be surprising to see his popularity drop.

          Leftover polls

          Life evaluation: Solo 53% of Americans are considered to be “próspero,” de acuerdo a new Gallup polling. This is the lowest mark in over a year. En junio 2021, 59% de los estadounidenses — a 14-year highwere estimated to be thriving by Gallup’s measure.
            Criptomoneda: One-fifth of American adults indicated in an NBC News poll that they have used or traded cryptocurrency. Half of all men under the age of 50 say they have at least dabbled in crypto. Polling from the Pew Research Center last year backs up the idea that younger Americans and men are most likely to use this form of currency.
            New York governor: He hasn’t announced he is running, but former New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo would be competitive with current Gov. Kathy Hochul in a potential June Democratic primary. Cuomo, who resigned following a state attorney general investigation that found he sexually harassed 11 mujer, trailed Hochul by 8 puntos, 38% a 30%, in a Siena College poll out this week. New York’s filing deadline for candidates is April 7.

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