As COVID-19 declines, Californians have new concerns
As COVID-19 declines, Californians have new concerns

As COVID-19 declines, Californians have new concerns

Californians are undergoing a major resurgence.

After two years of having their lives dominated and perhaps permanently changed by COVID-19, they put the pandemic behind them and shift their attention to other old and new concerns.

Predictably, the political atmosphere of the state is undergoing the same transition.

While COVID-19 remains a threat – and may re-emerge as an existential concern – a new poll from UC-Berkeley’s Institute of Government Studies finds it occupies a very low place on California’s list of topics that need attention.

Only 4% of voters, the poll showed, now consider COVID-19 an important topic – 13th place on a list of 15. The list is dominated by affordability (31%), homelessness (29%), crime (23%) and petrol prices (21%).

Housing and homelessness are evident before the pandemic and have now returned as major concerns, while crime and gas prices are newcomers – or the return in a historical sense to the late 1970s, when they dominated the state’s public consciousness and political discourse.

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