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Poll: 80 percent say the country is out of control

Michigan National Guard (DoD/Released)
June 09, 2020

The overwhelming majority of registered U.S. voters believe the country has gotten out of control according to a new poll published on Monday.

According to the poll, conducted by the Wall Street Journal and NBC News, 80 percent of respondents said they thought the country was “out of control.” Additionally, only 15 percent said the country was “under control,” while three percent said a little bit of both and two percent said they were unsure.

Conducted from May 29 to June 2, the poll also found that the majority of Americans viewed the death of George Floyd on Memorial Day after he was restrained by a police officer as being worse than the violence that occurred from the riots that ensued after his death made nationwide headlines.

As a result of the riots, at least 20 people have been killed, including a black police chief. In Minneapolis, where George Floyd died, at least 19 people were shot in the resulting riots. Another poll found that the majority of Americans, 71 percent, support the use of the National Guard to address the “protests and demonstrations” in American cities.

The WSJ/NBC News poll surveyed 1,000 U.S. voters and has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.59 percent. It found a partisan split between Republicans and Democrats regarding Floyd’s death. According to the poll, 48 percent of Republicans said they were more concerns about the protests than the circumstances of Floyd’s death, while 81 percent of Democrats said they were more concerned about the circumstances of Floyd’s death than they were about the protests and riots.

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The poll also found a partisan divide over several issues surrounding the global coronavirus pandemic.

COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus, has killed more than 110,000 people, according to Johns Hopkins’ latest tracking data. The virus forced many states to issue stay-at-home orders, resulting in the worst recession since the Great Depression in the United States, and the worst global recession since World War II, according to the World Bank.

“This is a deeply sobering outlook, with the crisis likely to leave long-lasting scars and pose major global challenges,” said World Bank Group Vice President for Equitable Growth, Finance and Institutions, Ceyla Pazarbasioglu. “Our first order of business is to address the global health and economic emergency. Beyond that, the global community must unite to find ways to rebuild as robust a recovery as possible to prevent more people from falling into poverty and unemployment.”

How to end the recession and get back some of the 42 million jobs lost since the pandemic began is a partisan split in the United States.

The poll found that 74 percent of Democrats think it might a year or longer to curb the virus, while 32 percent of Republicans said the virus is already contained.

take the next year or even longer to curb Covid-19 and return to work as normal. By contrast, among President Trump’s strongest supporters within the Republican Party, 32% said the coronavirus is already contained.

“The COVID-19 recession is singular in many respects and is likely to be the deepest one in advanced economies since the Second World War and the first output contraction in emerging and developing economies in at least the past six decades,” said World Bank Prospects Group Director Ayhan Kose. “The current episode has already seen by far the fastest and steepest downgrades in global growth forecasts on record. If the past is any guide, there may be further growth downgrades in store, implying that policymakers may need to be ready to employ additional measures to support activity.”