American Public Blames Biden for High Inflation Just Days Before Midterms
(ReliableNews.org) – On October 13, the US Department of Labor released its Consumer Price Index data for September, and it wasn’t good news. Annualized inflation rates across the board in the US hit 8.2%, down only 0.1% from the previous month. When President Joe Biden took office in January 2021, the annualized percentage for the month was a mere 1.4%, but steadily climbed over most months to reach a peak of 9.1% in June.
Although inflation seems to be on the decline, progress is slow. Here in America, many citizens put the blame for the out-of-control numbers squarely on Biden’s shoulders. That fact could spell bad news for Democrats hoping for a win during midterm elections. A recent poll done for Newsweek breaks down the statistics.
On October 30, Redfield & Wilton Strategies ran a survey exclusively for Newsweek, asking a few questions of voters heading to the polls to cast their ballots next week. The questionnaire inquired who was to blame for high inflation. Of the 1,500 people polled, 61% said Biden was either “fairly” or “significantly” responsible for the poor numbers. Unfortunately for those that share the same party affiliation as the president, inflation is a “leading issue” for many voters this election cycle. Only 23% said the US leader held no responsibility for the economic state of the US. When asked a similar question in a slightly different way, 44% of respondents said Biden was to blame for inflation, 17% said former President Donald Trump was responsible, and 14% pointed to COVID-19 as the culprit.
Regarding the economy as a whole, the poll showed “49% of voters are worse off now” than they were in January 2021. Only 23% said they were better off.
According to an ABC/Ipsos poll, 28% of voters surveyed said the economy is a priority going into the election, and 22% see inflation as a top priority. Together that shows half of those polled have finances on their minds as they head to the ballot box. Food and gasoline are both more expensive than they were not too long ago, bringing the economic problems in the US to everyone’s home. Voters may use the election cycle as an opportunity to see how a change in power may affect their bottom line.
With inflation and the economy being the top issues, and the Left focusing on abortion, which doesn’t register at the top of most people’s list of concerns, many are predicting a red wave.
What is your number one issue this November? Who do you think is responsible for inflation?
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