Wednesday, December 8, 2021

Poll: Nearly Half of Americans Say Inflation is Causing Them Hardship; Voters Turning Away From Biden and Democrats as Inflation and Pandemic Persist

Nearly half of Americans say inflation is causing them hardship: poll
Nearly half of US households say that the recent bout of inflation is causing them some degree of financial hardship while 10 percent of American families reported experiencing “severe hardship affecting their standard of living,” according to a new Gallup poll.
Some 45 percent of households said they experience either severe or moderate hardship as a result of the price increases that have roiled the economy in recent months, according to the poll.
And less educated, lower-income families were more likely to have felt the weight of the price crunch, according to the survey, which was conducted from Nov. 3 to Nov. 16.
Among those living in households making less than $40,000 a year, 71 percent said the recent price hikes have caused their family financial hardship, compared with just 47 percent of those in middle-income households and 29 percent in upper-income households. --->READ MORE HERE
Voters turning away from Biden and Democrats as inflation and pandemic persist, polls show:
President Joe Biden and the Democrats in Congress are in political free fall as key voting blocs conclude that the majority party in Washington is ignoring their most pressing problems.
Biden’s job approval rating had nosedived to near 40% as the annual holiday season commenced, with Republicans taking the lead in generic-ballot polling gauging which party voters would prefer be in charge on Capitol Hill. The corresponding changes in Democratic and GOP fortunes have coincided with skyrocketing inflation and lingering pandemic conditions that are causing anxiety and frustration among the independents and suburban Republicans whose critical votes put Biden and the Democrats in power.
Challenging economic conditions and risks from the coronavirus would pose political hurdles for any administration, as they did for former President Donald Trump. But Republican pollsters say the troubles afflicting Biden that threaten to remove congressional Democrats from power in 2022 run deeper. For voters, inflation and the pandemic are priorities. Meanwhile, they see Democrats in Washington focused on creating and expanding social programs — and fighting among themselves to do it.
“The agenda the Democrats are pushing is not the agenda the American people feel they’re dealing with,” said David Winston, a GOP pollster who advises congressional Republicans. “This is a more fundamental problem.” --->READ MORE HERE
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