A new poll reveals that most Americans feel the federal government’s actions have hurt their families and Biden’s policies are not helping the middle class.
Monmouth University released a new poll on July 5. It reveals that American families struggling financially jumped into the double digits during the past year as runaway inflation has surpassed increased earnings and generated a cost-of-living crisis.
“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,” Patrick Murray, director of the independent Monmouth University Polling Institute, said in a statement.
“Most Americans are blaming Washington for their current pain,” he added.
The Epoch Times reported the poll surveyed 978 individuals and a critical concern of 57% of that total said the federal government’s actions have made matters worse for their families in the last six months.
According to Monmouth, this is the first time in their polling history that the portion of Americans blaming Washington for making their chief concern worse has risen above 50%. Previous polls have shown numbers varying between 34 – 47%. A mere 8% felt federal policies had helped them, and 34% chimed in with “no meaningful impact,” according to the poll.
Rep. Thomas Massie (R-KY) tweeted his thoughts on the poll on Tuesday. “People are beginning to understand that those $1200 stimmy checks were the cheese in the trap.”
People are beginning to understand that those $1200 stimmy checks were the cheese in the trap.
— Thomas Massie (@RepThomasMassie) July 5, 2022
Biden critics side with Massie, blaming 40-year high inflation numbers on the unprecedented levels of federal stimulus spending, which boosted consumer demand but did little to bolster supplies.
Economist John Williams suggested the inflation rate is nearer a 75-year high at 16.8% when calculated with the same inflation calculator used by the federal government before the 1980s.
According to the Monmouth poll, for 33% of Americans, inflation is what they worry about most. Prior Monmouth polls recorded numbers ranging from 5 to 14%. The new survey more than doubled the old records. Gas price concerns also hit new records for the poll, with 15% of Americans saying they are their primary concern.
The poll revealed that those struggling financially jumped from 24% last year to 42%. It also denoted that 54% of the respondents feel Biden’s policies have failed to benefit the middle class. The Epoch Times reported that the comparison, 34% said the same of the Trump Administration at roughly the same timeframe in their terms.