Electoralism/Democratism

Americans’ shifting political concerns pose a midterms challenge for Democrats

By Brigid Kennedy The Week

According to a new Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research poll, Americans’ political concerns are shifting ahead of 2022 midterm elections in perhaps quite a challenging way for Democrats.

More specifically, the AP-NORC poll found that “management of the pandemic, once an issue that strongly favored [President Biden] and his fellow Democrats, is beginning to recede in the minds of Americans,” AP writes. Instead, worries about COVID find themselves overshadowed by economic and inflationary concerns, issues typically associated with Republicans.

By the numbers, only 37 percent of Americans ranked COVID as one of their top five administration priorities in 2022, versus 53 percent who labeled it a “leading priority” this time last year. Rather, much like last year, sixty-eight percent of respondents in some way mentioned the economy as a concern for 2022, though mentions of inflation “are much higher now: 14% this year, compared with less than 1% last year,” AP writes.

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