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Republicans Fight Covid Mandates, Then Blame Biden as Cases Rise

But Republican strategists and pollsters say Democrats should not be too quick to ignore criticism, even if many of this year’s Covid-related deaths are among those who have ignored Mr Biden’s pleas for a vaccination.

said Neil Newhouse, a Republican pollster who polled problem voters. “The bottom line is that Republicans have always been more focused on the economic impact of the pandemic, and now we’re seeing independents and swing voters express concern about those effects as well: the supply chain, inflation, jobs, and stores not opening or getting what they need.”

“There is a sense that the Biden presidency is falling short of its promises,” he added.

The Thanksgiving wave is the latest surprise in a pandemic approaching the past two years. The country’s 14-day average of new infections rose by 25 percent, to more than 94,000 new cases per day, with the Midwest hotspot hottest. At the same time, the effectiveness of coronavirus vaccines is steady, according to the latest data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Unvaccinated people are 5.8 times more likely to contract the virus than fully vaccinated people, and 14 times more likely to die if they become infected.

The partisan gap in infection and vaccination rates is narrowing slightly. Most Republican counties have 2.78 times the number of new cases than most Democratic counties, down from three times the number a month ago, according to Democratic health care analyst Charles Gabba, using data from Johns Hopkins University. The death rate in those Republican counties is nearly six times the death rate in Democratic counties.

It’s unclear whether the ongoing pandemic or vaccine mandates designed to beat it are causing the president’s approval ratings to fall. Newhouse’s firm, Public Opinion Strategies, found that Biden’s overall rating of Biden’s approval of his handling of the pandemic was relatively good at 51 percent in October, down from 69 percent in April but only from 53 percent in August.

But in the suburbs, where he won the 2020 presidential race, the president’s approval rating on the pandemic has fallen since August from 51 percent to 45 percent. Among white men, the decline was most pronounced, from 58 percent in April to 43 percent in August and 32 percent in October.

Republican lawmakers continue to try to block vaccine mandates at the local, state, and federal levels. In September, a proposal by Senator Roger Marshall of Kansas, an obstetrician, to block federal funds from being used to carry out the president’s vaccine mandate for companies with at least 100 employees, failed by one vote, after all 50 Republicans in the Senate supported it. .

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