48% Oppose Rent Relief Extension:  Golden/TIPP Poll

48% Oppose Rent Relief Extension: Golden/TIPP Poll

Almost half (48%) oppose extending rent relief due to the coronavirus.

Raghavan Mayur

Nearly one-half (48%) don't support extending rent relief due to coronavirus. Rent relief assistance should be extended, according to 43% of respondents.

The Golden/TIPP Poll completed last Friday asked 1,300 Americans nationwide, "Please indicate the extent to which you agree or disagree with the statement: Americans should be allowed to continue not paying rent because of the coronavirus."  The results read as follows:

  • 21% agree strongly,
  • 22% agree somewhat,
  • 24% disagree somewhat,
  • 24% disagree strongly, and
  • 8% are not sure.
TIPP/Golden Poll Results: Should Americans be allowed to continue not paying rent?

Ten of the 36 demographic categories we analyzed support rent relief to continue. Generally speaking, the relief extension is favored by younger age groups, urban residents, Democrats, liberals, Blacks, and Hispanics, under $30K income group.

Regionally, midwesterners oppose it by a margin of 54% to 35%, while southerners oppose it by a margin of 48% to 42%.  The west ties at 46%, and the northeast supports extensions by a narrow margin of 46% to 45%.

TIPP/Golden Poll results: Americans in support or opposition of rent relief assistance
TIPP/Golden Poll Results: Americans in support or opposition of Rent relief assistance, along party ideology lines

Behind The Numbers

According to Census Bureau data from a survey conducted from August 18 to 30:

  • 14% of renters, or 7.7 million Americans, are behind on their payments.
  • Approximately half (48%) of those behind on their payments, or approximately 3.67 million people, are afraid of being evicted in the next two months.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention extended the eviction freeze without congressional approval.

However, in late August, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a federal eviction moratorium on pandemic-related evictions. "If a federally imposed eviction moratorium is to continue, Congress must specifically authorize it," the court wrote.

The Biden administration was "disappointed" by the decision. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio also did not like the decision.

The mayor tweeted, "A group of right-wing extremists just decided to throw families out of their homes during a global pandemic."

"This is an attack on working people across our country and city. New York won't stand for this vile, unjust decision," he said.

Congress has approved $46.5 billion in rental assistance.  But only about 11% of the money, just over $5 billion, has been distributed by state and local governments.

James Golden, host of "The Bo Snerdley Show" on 77-WABC/New York, and TIPP have joined forces to produce ongoing polling under the Golden/TIPP banner.  The polls will gauge Americans' opinions on policy issues and provide original content for the radio show.


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Russia Blames U.S. Tech Giants For Interference In Election

Russia Blames U.S. Tech Giants For Interference In Election

Russia has "undeniable proof" that tech giants, based in the United States, violated Russian laws ahead of the coming election, the foreign ministry said in a statement.

On Friday, Russia's foreign ministry said it had summoned U.S. Ambassador John Sullivan to meet Russian Deputy foreign minister Sergei Ryabkov over alleged interference in the September parliamentary election.

It did not specify what companies and violations it referred to.

Russia said earlier this month that it might regard refusals by Apple and Google to remove Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny's app from their online stores as election meddling.


Biden, Xi Agree To Engage Even On Issues Where Interests Diverge

U.S. President Joe Biden and Chinese President Xi Jinping agreed Thursday to engage in areas they agree and disagree with.

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Biden and Xi held talks ahead of a summit of the so-called Quad grouping of four democracies -- the United States, Japan, India, and Australia. The four countries' leaders expect to exchange views on how to tackle security and the economic threat from China.

The White House said in a statement, "The two leaders had a broad, strategic discussion in which they discussed areas where our interests converge and areas where our interests, values, and perspectives diverge."

"They agreed to engage on both sets of issues openly and straightforwardly," it added, without referring to how Biden's administration has been trying to work together with the Chinese leadership.


Egyptian Gas To Reach Crisis-Hit Lebanon Soon

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Egyptian natural gas will be piped to Lebanon through Jordan and Syria as the Arab states seek to help end power shortages in their crisis-hit neighbor.

During a meeting in Jordan on Wednesday, energy ministers from the four countries agreed to work out details of a plan to resume Egyptian gas shipments and Jordanian power to Lebanon. The gas will help feed the Deir Ammar power plant in Lebanon, which has 450 megawatts.

The Arab Gas Pipeline previously transported Egyptian gas to Lebanon via Jordan and Syria. Still, rising domestic demand crimped Egypt's exports before a series of attacks on the line in war-torn Syria shuttered that route for gas to Lebanon completely about a decade ago, Bloomberg said.

Lebanon is witnessing an economic crisis described as one of the world's worst since the 1850s. Shortages of medicine, fuel, and basic supplies have often brought the country to a standstill. Political disagreements have foiled efforts to form a government to negotiate a rescue package with international financial institutions.


Iran-Afghanistan Water Dispute To Test Tehran's Ties To Taliban

The Kamal Khan Dam
The Kamal Khan Dam

An old dispute over water rights could be the first test of Iran's planned pragmatic cooperation with the Taliban.

Dispute over the waters of the Helmand River is a conflict going on for more than a century between Iran and Afghanistan. The Helmand is Afghanistan's longest river; it originates near Kabul in the western Hindu Kush mountain range. It flows southwesterly for about 1,100 kilometers into Lake Hamun on the border with Iran.

Lake Hamun, which has no outlet, is the largest freshwater lake in Iran.

Iran accuses Afghanistan of violating its water rights, arguing that far less water than the amount agreed in a 1973 treaty flows into Iran. Afghanistan has rejected the accusation. However, the Afghan government built a dam on the Helmand River on the border with Iran. The Kamal Khan Dam.

It is not clear whether anyone in Kabul is currently in charge of the water dispute with Iran, but how the Taliban handle the country's scarce water resources will be critical to the survival of many Afghans.


Have Researchers Found A Way To Power Hypersonic Jets From London To New York In 90 Minutes?

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A concept drawing of a Hermeus aircraft in hypersonic flight. - Copyright Hermeus

The ability to travel around the globe at hypersonic speed may have moved a step closer to reality following work by scientists in Australia.

Researchers at RMIT University in Melbourne have developed 3D printed catalysts that can power hypersonic flight and act as a cooling agent to combat the extreme heat generated when aircraft fly at or above Mach 5, or five times the speed of sound, which is around 6,100 kilometers per hour (km/h).

In August, hypersonic aircraft builder Hermeus was awarded $60 million by the U.S. Air Force to fund its engine development and testing. The Atlanta startup building these Mach 5 engines has a mission to reduce the flight time from New York to London to under two hours.

But while hypersonic travel remains conceptual, supersonic flights have again become a reality.

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