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New Poll Says 75% of Americans Believe US Is 'Out of Control' Under Trump

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New Poll Says 75% of Americans Believe US Is 'Out of Control' Under Trump

2020-07-03 13:56:23

By Laura Tucker, Staff writer; Image: Donald Trump at the 2016 Republican National Convention (Image source: Public domain)

Regardless of what Donald Trump's poll numbers show for November, a surprising 75 percent of Americans believe the United States is "out of control" under his leadership. This has much to do with the coronavirus pandemic and the state of the economy, and there is now data that may support people being so afraid of catching the virus that they died instead of going to the hospital.

Yahoo! News and YouGov conducted a survey that found three-quarters of U.S. adults who responded believed that the country is out of control. Only 14 percent felt it was under control. Another 11 percent said they were "not sure" if the country was under control or not.

Older voters were more likely than younger voters to say the country was "out of control" while being faced with the pandemic that has taken over 2020. Of those 65 and older, 81 percent said the U.S. is in a fiasco, while 68 percent of those 30 to 44 said the same.

The opinion was divided among party lines but not as much as you may think. Eighty-two percent of Democrats said the country was out of control, and just under two-thirds of Republicans felt it was. Independents tended to agree with Democrats more, saying the country was out of control, while only 12 percent of them felt it was under control.

To go along with those feelings of the country being out of control, almost two-thirds of those surveyed believe the coronavirus pandemic is getting worse. Only 16 percent said it was getting better. This survey was taken while Florida, Texas, and Arizona started reporting an extreme number of cases.

The fears of coronavirus have become so much that a separate analysis suggests that people were choosing to die rather than go to the hospital and risk getting COVID-19. They are looking specifically at the number of deaths from heart attacks.

The data shows an increase of close to 27 percent of deaths from heart disease in five states and New York City in March, April, and May. There was a combined 75,000 "excess deaths," which is 17,000 more than what could be attributed through COVID-19.

Normally, heart disease is the leading cause of death in the U.S., but in the earliest months of the pandemic, some hospitals had hardly any heart, cancer, and stroke patients. It shows the level of fear running through Americans.

The U.S. adults polled felt similar with the economy, yet not quite as strongly. Sixty-one percent believe the economy is getting worse, despite a report showing a gain in 4.8 million jobs in June. Twenty-one percent went with the report, believing it is improving. Eighteen percent felt there hasn't been any change.

The numbers are much closer, though, when the respondents were pressed on who they would vote for in November. Forty-five percent said they would vote for Biden, while 40 percent are sticking with Donald Trump, which appears to mean that while they admit the country is out of control.

This is especially true for independent voters. Thirty-eight percent said they would vote for Trump, three percent more than those who said they would vote for former Vice President Joe Biden, the presumptive Democratic nominee. Thirteen of all respondents said they'd vote for a third-party candidate or had not decided.

The margin of error in this poll is 3.2 points, with 1,500 U.S. adults surveyed between June 29 and July 1.

Make no mistake about it, no matter which way people vote in November, the feelings of the country and life in general have changed. The majority of people recognize that, but they don't seem to all agree where the fault lies for this.

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