Poll: Economy the Top Issue in Determining How Americans Will Vote in Midterms

President Joe Biden listens during a virtual meeting with FEMA Administrator Deanne Criswell and governors and mayors of areas impacted by Hurricane Ida, in the South Court Auditorium on the White House campus, Monday, Aug. 30, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
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A majority of Americans say the economy is the top issue in determining how they will vote in the midterm elections, a Redfield & Wilton Strategies survey released this week found.

The survey asked respondents to identify which issues are “most likely to determine” how they will vote in the November 8, 2022, midterm elections, allowing them to choose up to three.

A majority, 57 percent, selected the economy, identifying it as the top issue that will determine how they vote later this year. Just over one-third, 34 percent, said “healthcare,” and 33 percent said the Chinese coronavirus pandemic:

The economy is the most-selected option for both 2020 Joe Biden (56%) and Donald Trump (64%) voters. Other important election issues for Biden voters include healthcare (43%) and the pandemic (42%), while Trump voters are more likely to select immigration (37%) and Government spending (29%).

The poll was taken February 6, 2022, among 1,500 eligible voters.

The survey coincides with America experiencing the worst inflation in 40 years, as consumer prices jump 7.5 percent higher and consumer sentiment drops to a 10-year low.

A pedestrian walks past gas station fuel prices above $5 and $6 per gallon at Death Valley National Park in June 17, 2021 in Furnace Creek, California. - Much of the western United States is braced for record heat waves this week, with approximately 50 million Americans placed on alert Tuesday for "excessive" temperatures, which could approach 120 degrees Fahrenheit (50 degrees Celsius) in some areas. The National Park Service warns of extreme summer heat, urging tourists to carry extra water and "travel prepared to survive" in the hottest, lowest, and driest national park featuring steady drought and extreme climates. (Photo by Patrick T. FALLON / AFP) (Photo by PATRICK T. FALLON/AFP via Getty Images)

A pedestrian walks past gas station fuel prices above $5 and $6 per gallon at Death Valley National Park in June 17, 2021 in Furnace Creek, California. (Photo by PATRICK T. FALLON/AFP via Getty Images)

As Breitbart News detailed:

Food prices rose seven percent compared with a year ago, data from the Department of Labor showed on Thursday. Grocery store prices were up by even more, 7.4 percent.  The Consumer Price Index rose by 7.5 percent.

Inflation is now not only running high but it has broadened to an economy-wide phenomenon. Home furniture prices are up 9.3 percent compared with last January and rose 1.6 percent last month. Prices for the category of “living room, kitchen, and dining room” furniture are up an eye-popping 19.9 percent compared with a year ago. They rose 2.2 percent compared with December.

Importantly, these prices are seasonally adjusted so they cannot be explained by typical the end of holiday shopping season sales.

Late last week, President Biden said he was “proud” of the January jobs report despite the fact that just one percent of Americans view the economy as excellent.

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