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Survey: 9 in 10 voters support Congress passing another COVID-19 relief bill to help distressed businesses

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Fri, Oct 16th 2020 04:05 pm

89% agree Congress should remain in session until reaching agreement

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By the American Hotel & Lodging Association 

Americans are concerned about the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on all aspects of the economy, and 90% support Congress passing another economic stimulus bill to help distressed small businesses and employees, according to a new survey of registered voters conducted by Morning Consult and commissioned by the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA). A resounding 89% agree Congress should remain in session until reaching an agreement on an economic stimulus package.

“Millions of Americans are out of work, and thousands of small businesses are dying,” said Chip Rogers, president and CEO of AHLA. “It is well past time for our leaders in Washington to pass a stimulus bill to help these employees and businesses in the hardest-hit industries, including and especially, ours. It is unacceptable for Congress to adjourn without passing a bill.”

There is widespread concern about the effects of COVID-19 on all elements of the economy, including small businesses (93% very/somewhat concerned), unemployment rates (90%), and Americans’ own personal/family financial situation (75%). As Congress considers how to respond to the ongoing pandemic, voters agree on the importance of helping families (74% very important) and small businesses (68%) that are struggling.

The survey of 1,994 registered voters was conducted Oct. 7-9 by Morning Consult on behalf of AHLA. Key findings of the survey include the following:

•Travel and tourism most affected industry: Voters believe the travel and tourism industry was the most affected by the economic downturn caused by COVID-19 (50% selected travel and tourism as a top two most affected industry). Other highly affected industries include food and beverage (34% selected), education (26%), retail (19%), and health care (18%).

•Strong support for a stimulus bill: Nine in 10 voters (90%) support Congress passing an economic stimulus bill to provide aid to small businesses and protect jobs that have been impacted by the economic downturn caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Ninety-two percent of Democrats, 87% of independents, and 89% of Republicans support another economic stimulus bill.

•No recess without relief: Nearly nine in 10 voters (89%) agree Congress should remain in session until reaching an agreement on an economic stimulus package. Agreement is high among Republicans (88% agree), Democrats (91% agree), and independents alike (86% agree).

•COVID>SCOTUS: 48% of voters say the COVID-19 pandemic is the most important issue for Congress to focus on right now, while 23% say the economy and jobs should be the priority. Just 5% name the Supreme Court vacancy as the top priority.

Survey Methodology: This poll was conducted by Morning Consult on behalf of AHLA. The survey was conducted Oct. 7-9, 2020, among a national sample of 1,994 registered voters. The interviews were conducted online, and the data were weighted to approximate a target sample of registered voters based on age, educational attainment, gender, race and region. Results have a margin of error of plus or minus 2 percentage points. 

The American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA) is the sole national association representing all segments of the U.S. lodging industry. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., AHLA focuses on strategic advocacy, communications support and workforce development programs to move the industry forward. Learn more at www.ahla.com.

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