Before election day, Americans lost hope that a law to boost the economy would be passed before November 3. Their concerns were recognized – and new polls indicate that they fear there will be no support, or none at all, this year.
The stalemate over an aid package that can pass through both the House of Representatives and the Senate continues, and lawmakers are trapped in months of wrangling over what action to take and how much to spend.
YouGov asked 21,161 adults on November 9: “When, if ever, do you think Congress will pass a bill for a second COVID-19 stimulus package?
Of those who gave a possible date, the most common answer was “after January 2021” with 18 percent of responses. Another 11 percent responded “in January 2021”.
More than one-fifth, 21 percent, said they did not believe Congress would ever pass another COVID stimulus package.
Only 4 percent said they saw this happening in the next two weeks, with 7 percent saying it would happen within the next month. Another 14 percent said it would happen “before the end of the year.
The numbers reflect earlier polls in which most U.S. adults said they doubted that a stimulus bill would come before election day. In a separate YouGov/The Economist survey, 20 percent of the 1,500 adults surveyed August 16-18 said they believed that another package would never be passed by both houses of Congress.
This lack of hope comes despite a survey showing that most people want further action.
It is now almost eight months since the CARES bill was signed by President Donald Trump.
Since then, the legislators have not been able to agree on a second bill. The Democrats have brought their own version – the HEROES bill – through the House of Representatives, but they have not managed to gain support in the Senate under Republican leadership. Republican proposals, including a so-called thin bill, failed to win support in the House of Lords, while a non-partisan proposal from the problem-solvers faction also struggled for support.
Faction leader Clyburn says that the United States is “staggering” on the road to trump card dictatorship.
Washington Newsday has asked the White House, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-NY), and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to comment.
The survey results show that the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the U.S. is 10.4 million, according to Johns Hopkins University.
The following chart from Statista shows the number of COVID-19 hospitalizations in the U.S. on November 11.