Most people say the economy is bad and Biden made it worse because ‘we’re still living in a pandemic’

In Thursday’s “CNN Newsroom,” Labor Secretary Marty Walsh responded to polling numbers showing that most Americans believe President Joe Biden’s policies have worsened the economy and more than three-quarters believe conditions economics are bad by stating that the main explanation for these numbers is “the fact that we are still living in a pandemic.

Co-host Victor Blackwell asked, “The latest poll, however, shows that the American people think what this administration is doing is not helping. … And this just came out in the last 24 hours, how have Biden’s policies affected US economic conditions? … 55% said they made their conditions worse. 26% said they had no effect. Only 19% think they have improved their conditions. … [T]he current economic situation, 23% believe that it is good across the country. It’s the lowest number in a CNN poll of the Biden administration. More than three quarters, 77% say they are poor. I mean, the president came out and sold an improving economic image for the country. What’s the disconnect here? »

Walsh replied, “Well, first and foremost, I mean, I think we can’t lose sight of the fact that we’re still living in a pandemic. I think it certainly has a lot to do – a lot of emotions and feelings that people have, first of all. Second, President Biden has been in power since January 2021, many of his policies, whether it’s the US bailout that he passed right away, which actually hit the streets right away, the infrastructure, which will – people will see the benefits of this, and the work that we do in Commerce and Labor and Education, at all levels, we are always working to bring these policies and ideas to the American people . So people won’t see it happen instantly. But we have to be very attentive to what the American people are saying. … We know there are challenges. You mentioned at the beginning of this before you brought me in, talking about higher gas prices, higher prices, inflation, these are things that we are working on every day to reduce these costs.

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