But about a third said they were driven mainly by the economy, including 6 out of 10 voters supporting President Trump. In Florida, for example, President Trump overwhelmed those who saw the economy as the top issue, with about eight out of 10 votes for him. But Biden has won about nine out of 10 voters, who named the pandemic, race inequality or health care policy the most important issue.
A majority of voters said it is more important to stop coronavirus now, even if the necessary measures hurt the economy. About 4/10 said the economy is more important, even as the recovery of the country’s economic health impedes efforts to limit the spread of the virus.
Amid a resurgence of coronavirus in much of the United States, the preliminary poll found voters to have a tight split over whether U.S. efforts to contain This virus is going “good” or “bad”. But almost twice as many voters say that the pandemic control effort has been going “very badly” than say they have gone “very well.”
Millions of voters cast their ballots directly on Tuesday despite the worst of the pandemic to do so. Nearly 89,000 new infections were reported on Tuesday, bringing the total number of US cases to more than 9.3 million. Virus continued to spread through the Midwest and Delta states. Seven states have set records for hospital admissions for patients with covid-19, a coronavirus disease, including Indiana, Iowa, Ohio and Wisconsin.
Control of the White House and Senate gained control on Tuesday, the situation unaffected by voters whose families and finances have been hacked by the coronavirus.
Mrs. Betty Sullivan, 59, said: “It’s very personal to me, because it’s right in my family,” said Betty Sullivan, 59, as she stood in line to vote for Jackson, Miss. , On Tuesday morning.
Sullivan’s two sons and her three grandchildren have been infected with coronavirus. Her oldest son, 36 years old and living in Atlanta, had a positive result after going to the bar. Her youngest son, 32 years old, appears to have been infected by a colleague. She said her grandchildren, aged 6, 8 and 14, became infected with the virus after receiving day care and attending school for the past three weeks.
“I think in the past, we didn’t really think too much about voting; Sometimes we are really, very normal about that, but, just with everything that has viruses, with pandemic, with the political climate, people now really realize the importance of getting out. Out, go out and vote, ”said Sullivan.
Regardless of the election results, the recent astonishing rise in coronavirus infections has put the country on a difficult road in the next few weeks. The number of hospitalizations has increased sharply, has been and is underway, leading to an increase in infections and subsequent deaths expected to increase in the weeks to come.
“The trajectory we are taking is one we should look forward to in the coming weeks,” said Jennifer Nuzzo, senior scholar at the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security. “We will be waiting for the coming weeks.”
Stopping a pandemic is not the same as throwing a switch, experts say. It’s like trying to spin an oil tanker at sea.
“Viruses don’t know how to vote, don’t know borders, don’t know demographics,” said Ali Mokdad, a Washington University epidemiologist. “Unfortunately, the virus is progressing regardless of what happened today.
Mokdad added: “Elections won’t change the virus. “Our behavior, our response to viruses, will hopefully change.”
Preventing major changes in behavior means much more widespread use of the mask, limit social exposure and other mitigation measures, Mokdad believes that “some states, a large number of states, will have to implement a decommissioning order,” before December or January.
Although mortality has improved thanks to better medical technologies and drugs, the main cause of the pandemic is spreading in communities in many countries.
“Even the vaccines don’t turn any of the switches on. William Hanage, an epidemiologist at the Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health, said in an email Tuesday it would be difficult to vaccinate people.
Columbia University epidemiologist Jeffrey Shaman says part of the problem is that human behavior is not easily altered. There is “huge inertia,” he said, and that will make it difficult for officials to slow an outbreak in many parts of the country.
And if the US follows Europe and enters a new limited period, there could be increasing pressure on another major bailout package, which Congress has been unable to agree with since the first. Expires.
“There is growing evidence of a need to provide resources to help people comply with public health recommendations,” Nuzzo said. “I’m afraid we have focused on increasing the number and type of tests, but not eliminating the disadvantages people might have in terms of testing. Specifically, loss of income ”.
Michael T. Osterholm, director of the Center for Infectious Diseases Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota, said he hoped that after the election, “we can come together as one country and come together against virus, not each other. No more red and blue states, counties or cities. All of them are colorful ”.
Sarah Fowler of Jackson, Miss., And Scott Clement and Emily Guskin from Washington contributed to this report.