by Eric Lendrum
Despite the mainstream media hysteria over the Chinese coronavirus, a new poll shows that a broader swath of Americans continue to care more about inflation and other more direct economic issues.
As reported by the Washington Free Beacon, the poll was conducted by the Associated Press and the NORC Center for Public Affairs Research throughout the month of December, with its findings released on Monday. In the poll, 37 percent of Americans believe that the coronavirus should be the government’s top priority in 2022. Last year, that number was 53 percent.
Conversely, 68 percent believe the economy should be the top focus instead. Of those 68 percent, 14 percent specifically named inflation as a major issue; last year, only one percent of respondents worried about inflation, which has since risen to a 40-year high under Joe Biden’s watch.
Perhaps no other issue has more negatively impacted Biden’s approval ratings than the rise of inflation, which has led to historically high gas prices all across the country, as well as the average price of goods also rising. After his “honeymoon period” with the voters and the press was brought to an end by the disastrous withdrawal from Afghanistan, the ongoing economic crises – including inflation, the supply chain crisis, and multiple consecutive months of disappointing jobs reports – have continued to drag his numbers down to unprecedented lows.
His lowest approval ratings thus far have been in the mid 30s, with at least two major polls showing him at just 36 percent approval, even lower than President Donald Trump’s approval ratings. Last October, a poll conducted by Politico and the Morning Consult saw 62 percent of respondents blame Biden for the inflation and other economic woes.
These and other trends appear to indicate a coming landslide for the Republican Party in November’s midterms; as a result, over two dozen Democratic members of the House of Representatives have announced that they will not seek re-election this year.
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Eric Lendrum reports for American Greatness.