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USF survey gauges public opinion on handling of Covid-19 – CBS Tampa

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USF survey gauges public opinion on handling of Covid-19 – CBS Tampa

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TAMPA, Fla. (CW44 News At 10) – Researchers at the University of South Florida and Florida International University published new findings on a national survey measuring public opinion on a variety of current political issues. With the recent increase in omicron cases, the group has focused on topics related to Covid-19, vaccine mandates and how opinions are evolving.

“Looking at the presidential approval on Covid-19 and a host of other issues, the proposed executive order that would be a workplace mandate, we hear a lot from public health officials about the possibility of ‘a domestic air transport mandate. ” noted Dr. Stephen Neely, associate professor and researcher behind the study at the University of South Florida. He says a major driving force is understanding what the public thinks about these issues so that policymakers can take them into account. “It’s about giving the public a voice,” he said.

The main takeaways from this research include how the pandemic is viewed.

“The Covid-19 pandemic has been very politicized. We have people who see Covid-19 more as a political issue than a public health issue and we have to understand that in order to create the right message, ”and a resurgence of concern, he told me, in the midst of the omicron variant outbreak over the holidays. “We see about a third of those polled saying this is the most important problem facing the country today. This is double the second biggest problem which was the economy, where about 15% of people said that. »

Consequently, in a spring 2021 survey conducted by United Way of Florida, 85% of those polled said contracting Covid-19 was a concern, while 62% followed with concerns about paying for housing expenses like rent / mortgage and utilities.

According to USF research, when asked if they thought the worst was behind us when it came to Covid-19, 26% agreed and said “yes”, while 43% said says “no”. “And that means it really kind of sparked new pessimism on the part of many Americans about whether or not we are getting ahead of the pandemic and starting to put it behind us,” Neely said.

He says partisan differences also seem to be becoming more and more entrenched.

“Not only do we see Democrats and Republicans taking different positions, but they are strong in those positions,” he said. “When we asked about the president’s proposed mandate in the workplace, we see 88% of Democrats say they agree compared to just 22% of Republicans. And about a third of Americans in each direction say their opinion is very strong. »

USF survey gauges public opinion on handling of Covid-19 – CBS Tampa

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