Economy Trumps Healthcare for Number One Political Issue

May 26, 2020

Coronavirus Tracking Update

Overview

New poll numbers show America’s priorities shifting away from coronavirus to the economy. At the start of this tracking poll in March, a plurality of Americans viewed healthcare as the most important political issue facing the country (33%). Today, 31% view the economy as the most important issue instead, with healthcare second at 22%. Our numbers also show Biden’s lead over Trump slightly expanding over the course of the crisis from 8 points in March to 11 points this week. Details on these key findings and trendlines for today’s data points are presented below.

Key Points

  • As the nation begins to re-open, governors still receive high marks on their handling of the coronavirus outbreak. Across the nation, governors currently hold a collective 72% approval rating. Congress (47%) and Donald Trump (48%) lag behind.

 

  • Back in March, a plurality of Americans viewed healthcare as the most important political issue facing the country (33%). Priorities have now shifted where a plurality (31%) now view the economy as the most important issue instead, with healthcare second at 22%.

 

  • Joe Biden continues to lead against Donald Trump among 2020 general election likely voters by 11 points (54-43). Biden led Trump by 8 points (51-43) in the beginning of our tracking on March 28, a gap that has slightly increased since then.

 

“Governors have consistently held the highest approval ratings throughout the past few months while Trump and Congress remain neck and neck.”
– Scott Tranter, 0ptimus Analytics

 

“As the economic toll of coronavirus grows, Americans’ concerns are shifting from healthcare to economics.”
– Alex Conant, Firehouse Strategies

Full Results

The full toplines, crosstabs, and methodology can be found on our GitHub page.