The majority of Americans, according to a new poll, believe policies enacted by the Biden administration over the last six months are hurting them — not helping.
What are the details?
A new Monmouth University Poll released Tuesday reaffirmed that Americans believe the most important issues today are inflation and record-high gas prices.
In that same vein, the poll found that a majority of American adults (57%) believe that President Joe Biden's policies have hurt them and worsened inflation, while just 8% believe his policies have helped the inflation crisis. One-third of respondents said they believe his policies have had "no real impact."
"Economic concerns tend to rise to the top of the list of family concerns, as you might expect, but the singular impact of inflation is really hitting home right now. And most Americans are blaming Washington for their current pain," Patrick Murray, director of the Monmouth University Polling Institute, said.
It is no surprise, therefore, that nearly 9 in 10 respondents (88%) told Monmouth the country is heading in the wrong direction, a near 10-point increase from May. Only 10% of respondents said the country is heading in the right direction.
Unfortunately, 42% of respondents disclosed they are struggling to stay afloat financially, a surge of 18 points over last year. The increase of financially struggling Americans is "fairly [even] across the board when examining key demographic groups, including income, race, and partisanship," Monmouth explained.
Meanwhile, the poll found that Biden's job approval rating is severely underwater. Just 36% of respondents said they approve of Biden's job as president, while a whopping 58% said they disapprove.
The poll was conducted between June 23–27, which suggests why 5% of respondents said abortion and reproductive health is the most important issue impacting their family. In most Monmouth polls, the number of respondents that selected that issue was statistically insignificant.
The Monmouth poll confirms what most other surveys have shown all year.
Interestingly, the Monmouth poll found that respondents were tied at 47% when asked which party they hope will control Congress after the 2022 midterm elections. Most other polls, however, show Republicans with a significant lead on the generic ballot.