A new poll could prove to be a complete disaster for Biden and the Democrats – finding that Americans are less concerned with COVID-19, and more-so worried about the flailing Biden economy ahead of the 2022 midterms.
While the Biden admin has done a terrible job of handling the pandemic, the Democrat’s impact on the economy has Americans even more concerned.
The poll, conducted by the Associated Press and the NORC Center for Public Affairs Research, found that just 37% of Americans named the COVID-19 pandemic as one of the top 5 priorities they want the federal government to address in 2022, compared to nearly twice as many voters seeing the economy as a top concern, with 68% of respondents choosing the economy as a priority
Those concerned with COVID-19 saw a steep drop from the 53% who named it a priority at the beginning of 2021 which likely helped Biden to get elected as the president placed a massive amount of emphasis on “shutting down” the virus during his campaign.
The most notable increase is the number of Americans experiencing anxiety related to surging inflation. 14% of voters listed inflation as a priority concern, up from less than 1% in 2021. The cost of living also rose sharply as a priority, up to 24% from 12% last year.
The inflation has not just affected American’s purchasing power either. A recent CNBC report revealed that roughly 3.1 million people have been unable to work due to their employer closing or losing business as inflation cripples the job market.
AP noted that even self-identified Democrats said that surging Omicron case counts did not change their minds – and the economy remained top of mind.
That same report came as CNBC reported the nation’s economy added just 199,000 jobs in December, falling far short of expectations once again.
The Biden administration, meanwhile, faces a significant uphill battle on those highly concerning economic issues.
A recent Fox Business poll shows that voters have “low expectations” of Biden’s ability to handle the economy.
According to the Fox Business survey, 47% of Americans believe that Biden’s actions are “hurting” the situation, while only 22% believe they are “helping.”
Likewise, 46% believe that Biden’s social spending plan would “push inflation higher,” while 21% believe it would “help lower inflation.”
“One thing the president has going for him is low expectations,” Democratic pollster Chris Anderson explained. “If the spending plans start to have positive impacts in people’s lives, maybe some will reconsider their view of Biden.”
The Fox poll also found that Americans don’t necessarily trust Biden is capable of leading the country and fixing the major issues plaguing it in today’s environment. Two-thirds think Biden’s leadership is at least somewhat responsible for inflation.
The survey, included other grim findings, such as the fact that two-thirds of voters revealed that rising prices have caused financial hardship for them under President Biden – with that number climbing to three-quarters among those living in lower-income households.
Just 1 in 6 voters say they are better off financially than they were a year ago, and a majority rate their personal financial situation negatively.
Author: Samuel Michel