President Joe Biden has attempted to blame Russia for an alarming increase in food and energy costs, labeling it as “the Putin price hike.”
Yet as Breitbart reported this week, recent polling data suggests that most Americans aren’t buying it.
Poll shows almost 60% say Biden’s policies are causing inflation
The website pointed to a survey conducted among likely voters between May 25 and May 29 by the Trafalgar Group which found that 59.9% of respondents said Biden’s policies are the “leading contributor” to spiking inflation.
In contrast, just 31.6% expressed the view that Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is primarily to blame. However, the poll also found that responses varied considerably according to party.
Whereas 87.9% of Republicans pointed to the Biden administration, only 55.2 percent of Democrats did the same. Meanwhile, 61.1% of independent voters blamed the White House.
The poll also showed that men were more likely to blame the president than women, a majority of both genders said most of the fault lies in Washington.
When broken down by race, the findings showed that white and Hispanic voters were more likely to fault Biden, with 63.8% and 60.6% respectively blaming the president.
On the other hand, African American voters tended to see Russia as the main driver of inflation. Among that group, only 37% thought inflation largely stems from Biden’s decisions.
There were also sharp divisions according to age. While nearly three-quarters of those between the ages of 18 and 24 mostly blamed the president, respondents aged 25 to 34 were evenly divided.
President continues to insist that Russia is the culprit
For his part, Biden has given no indication that he accepts responsibility for America’s economic problems. Breitbart quoted him as telling reporters last month, “I think our policies help. Not hurt.”
“The vast majority of the economists think that this is going to be a real tough problem to solve, but it’s not because of spending,” he insisted.
“Right now it’s confusing. There’s a war in Ukraine and they’re scratching their head,” the president. “Most people, the vast majority of Americans are hoping that their government just takes care of their problem and they don’t have to think about it in detail at the kitchen table.”