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The percentage of Americans who say they are in financial difficulty has jumped into double digits since last year, according to a new national public opinion poll, which also indicates that inflation and gas prices are leading the way. list of problems faced by families in the country.
A majority polled in a Monmouth University poll said the federal government’s actions were hurting them and President Joe Biden’s policies were not helping the middle class.
Forty-two per cent said they were struggling to maintain their financial situation, which is an 18-point increase since last year and the highest level since Monmouth University started asking this question there. five years old. The poll found that the increase occurs “quite broadly when looking at key demographic groups, including income, race and partisanship.”
A third of respondents cited inflation as their top concern, with gas prices at 15%, the general economy at 9%, and 6% saying paying daily bills was their top concern.
Fifty-seven per cent – the highest ever in Monmouth polls – said the federal government’s actions in the past six months have hurt their family on their top concern, with just 8 per cent saying Washington’s actions helped them and three in 10 saying it had no real impact.
The poll also indicated that 54% said the middle class did not benefit from the president’s policies, a jump from 36% last year.
“Economic concerns tend to top the list of family concerns, as you might expect, but the singular impact of inflation is really hitting home right now. And most Americans blame Washington for their current pain,” the Monmouth University Polling Institute said. said director Patrick Murray.
Abortion, which had registered at less than 1% in Monmouth polls dating back to 2015, ranked at 5%. The inquiry came in the wake of last month’s opinion of the Supreme Court’s conservative majority overturning the landmark Roe v. Wade, who referred to the burning issue of legalized abortion in the United States.
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The president’s stance on the survey remains well under water, with 36% approving of Biden’s job in the White House and 58% disapproving. Just 10% of those polled said the country was moving in the right direction, a record high in Monmouth polls.
However, the poll indicates that the public remains divided on whether they prefer Republicans or Democrats to control Congress. Democrats are defending their wafer-thin House and Senate majorities in November’s midterm elections.
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“The state of the economy has Americans in a bad mood. They are unhappy with Washington. However, it hasn’t changed the overall picture of who they want to control Congress. The question is who gets actually showing up to vote in the fall,” Murray said.
The Monmouth University poll was conducted from June 23-27, with 978 adults surveyed nationwide. The survey’s overall sampling error is plus or minus 3.1 percentage points.