Monday, 10 January 2022 14:38

Poll: Americans Less Concerned About COVID, More Concerned About Economy, Inflation

Written by Casey Harper, The Center Square


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Americans are more concerned about the economy than COVID-19, even as cases surge nationwide, according to a new poll.

The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research released new polling Jan. 10 showing only 37% of Americans list COVID-19 as one of their top five concerns that government should work on, compared to 68% who named an economic concern.


The same time last year, 53% named COVID-19 as a top concern, much higher than the results gathered this year. Meanwhile, concern about inflation has surged. The latest poll found 14% of Americans listed it as a top issue, while 1% said the same last year.


Gallup released polling in November that found a similar trend. That poll reported 26% of Americans cited an economic issue as the country's most important problem. The poll reported 21% of Americans called “the government/poor leadership” as the nation’s leading problem, while 13% said it was COVID-19.


The poll found inflation and unemployment were leading causes for concern among those surveyed. Inflation came in at the top of 7% of Americans’ list while 5% of Americans expressed the same level of concern about unemployment.


The spike in concern in economic issues in recent months likely has been driven by federal data, which show inflation has risen at the fastest rate in decades.


Producer Price Index data released in December showed final demand---the price index on goods and services for producers---rose 0.8% in November alone with a 9.6% spike in the past year. That is the largest increase since the federal government began keeping track of these numbers in 2010.


“Final demand prices moved up 0.6% in each of the three prior months,” the Bureau of Labor Statistics said. "The index for final demand services rose 0.7% in November, the 11th consecutive advance. Over half of the broad-based increase in November can be traced to...

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