When asked who bears the primary blame for the current inflation, 39 percent of respondents lay the blame on President Biden’s policies, while 24 percent blamed the problems with the supply chains. Seventeen percent blame the pent-up demand caused by the US pandemic response while another 17 percent blame corporations whom they believe are raising prices unnecessarily.
(The problem is that Biden’s leaders aren’t qualified and do not know how to handle the job.)
That is 69% not 69 Americans.
Respondents were asked to identify two examples of which inflated prices are causing the most concern for consumers. Groceries and gas prices were the top two (55 percent and 54 percent). Rounding out the top five were utility bills (25 percent), housing (24 percent), and prescription drug prices (15 percent).
The Wall Street Journal also asked if voters expected inflation to get worse or better in 2022. The majority, 52 percent, believe rising prices will get worse next year. Only 23 percent expected it to improve.
Forty-six percent of respondents said they were pessimistic about the economic outlook in 2022 while only 30 percent were optimistic. Twenty percent believe the economy would be no better or worse next year than it is now.
The Journal also asked voters which political party in Congress would be more likely to get inflation under control. Forty-four percent said Republicans would, while only 26 percent thought Democrats would.
Biden’s overall disapproval in this poll is still looking pretty grim. Fifty-seven percent of respondents disapprove of the job Biden is doing. Of those 46 percent “strongly disapprove.”