The Biden administration has tried to address ways the pandemic has often hit women harder than men – including in job losses and a disproportionate burden of care for children and the elderly.
A new poll highlights the many challenges women have faced during the pandemic, with about half of those surveyed saying they’ve suffered from depression, anxiety or other mental health issues since the crisis began.
But the Lake Research Partners survey, provided first to USA TODAY, also suggests the overarching goal of gender equity – which President Joe Biden has emphasized – is not as significant to women as are specific types of help, such as improving health care access. That’s particularly true for independents and Republican women.
But around 6 in 10 respondents, including more than 4 in 10 Republican women, said that expanding health care coverage and lowering health insurance premiums would have “a big impact” or “some impact.”
The survey also found broad support for a child care initiative that Biden has championed: having states help child care providers offer nontraditional hours to accommodate parents working evenings and weekends.