A new Monmouth University poll found that inflation is now the top concern identified by American families, far ahead of all other concerns including rising gas prices.
33% identified inflation as the most concerning issue for them right now, at a time when official inflation numbers are at 41-year highs.
What is the biggest concern facing your family right now?
Gas prices 15%
The Economy 9%
Everyday bills 6%
Guns, gun ownership 3%
Health care costs 3%
— Political Polls (@Politics_Polls) July 5, 2022
Rising gas prices was the second-highest concern among poll respondents, at 15%. The economy was 9%, groceries 6%, abortion/reproductive rights was 5%, and gun control and health care costs each got 3%.
Economic concerns paramount
Notably, if all the economic concerns are added together, they make up a comfortable majority of 66%, while Democrat social issues are at 8%.
The poll was taken one day before and four days during and after the Supreme Court released its ruling that overturned Roe V. Wade and send abortion laws back to states.
Even so, economic concerns are eclipsing concerns about abortion rights and gun control, much to Democrats’ chagrin. They had hoped the public outcry would be overwhelming and force the abortion ruling to be negated or overcome legislatively, that gun control would be demanded, and that they would benefit from the issues in the November midterms.
But as usual, Americans consider pocketbook issues to be the most important. In good economic times, these other issues might get more attention, but at a time like this when the economy seems terrible, that will be the focus.
Gas prices actually edged down over the past two weeks because of lower demand, showing that people are feeling the impact of the spike. Most people can’t absorb an extra $100-200 a month or more just to buy the same gas and food.
And according to the poll, most people — 57% — blame the federal government’s actions under President Joe Biden for inflation and other economic woes.
To go from the “greatest economy in the history of the world” during the former president’s term, according to Trump, to record-high inflation and gas prices, and maybe a recession, in less than two years, is a lot for people to absorb.
Biden’s refusal to reverse course and make things better may be unforgivable to them, as well as it should be.