More American adults think Republicans are in a better position than Democrats to handle major economic issues like inflation as the midterm elections approach, according to an NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist poll released this week.
“When it comes to dealing with the economy, which party do you think would do a better job: the Democratic Party, the Republican Party, or both about the same thing?” the survey asked, presenting the same question for a variety of questions.
In poll after poll, the economy and inflation are America’s top issues, and according to this poll, Republicans have an advantage in managing the economy, as 42% chose the GOP, compared to 26% who chose the Democrats. Seventeen percent chose neither, and 13% said they handled it “in about the same way.”
On controlling inflation, another major issue, 41% said Republicans are in a better position to handle the problem, while 20% chose Democrats – a difference of 21%.
The Republicans also have the advantage on the question of crime (39% against 23% for the Democratic Party), immigration (37% against 34% for the Democrats), as well as national security (43% against 24% for Democrats).
The poll was conducted April 19-26, 2022 with 1,377 adults and scored +/- 3.4%.
The numbers are alarming for Democrats, as most Americans have consistently identified the economy as the top issue in determining how they will vote in future elections.
Additionally, President Biden’s approval of the economy is completely underwater by -20%, while 57.4% to disapprove of and 37.4% approve, according to the latest polling average from RealClearPolitics.
Congressional Democrats, however, are following the commander-in-chief’s lead and refusing to take responsibility for the economic problems that have plagued Biden’s presidency, blaming Russia, the coronavirus and oil and gas companies for the high prices.
‘No. I don’t think the public blames the Democrats,’ said House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) mentioned at a press conference on Thursday, where she and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) announced plans to “go after” oil and gas companies, blaming them for rising prices.
“I think they blame the oil companies. They will all blame us if we do nothing for the fossil fuel industry,” the 82-year-old Democrat added.
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi/Facebook