According to a Harvard/Harris Poll survey conducted in March, nearly half of American voters describe themselves as “financially worse” than they were only one year ago, shortly after the conclusion of former Pres. Trump’s four years in office.
The poll asked, “Do you feel your financial situation is getting better or worse?”
Over half of those polled, 55 percent, said their financial situation was “getting worse.” That is more than double the 21% of voters who felt the same one year ago in March 2021, less than two months after Trump departed office.
This, too, reflects the top concern for voters; “price hikes/inflation” was at the top of the list of “most crucial issues.”
They were asked to choose three issues, with “the economy and employment” coming in at close second place with 27%. Immigration was the third most popular choice, followed by the coronavirus (19 percent),terrorism/national security (18 percent), health care (18 percent), national debt/federal budget deficits (15 percent), environment/climate change (14 percent), crime and drugs (14 percent), and corruption (12 percent). The other problems had less than ten percent support.
Voters were also asked to select their first and second greatest concerns, and once again inflation took the cake, as 35% said it is their “most” pressing worry and 18% said it is their “second most.”
Furthermore, inflation has hit them hard, with two-thirds of respondents (76 percent) claiming to have been affected by it, up from 67% in January. Over a third of those who have been impacted said they had been significantly impacted. The grocery store was where over 40% of individuals felt the effects of inflation most frequently, while the gas pump was at 36%.
Notably, a majority, 46%, expects inflation to “stay high” and 35% anticipate it will “get even worse,” according to voters.
Americans are still facing the highest inflation in roughly four decades, as well as the most expensive case charges since former President Obama’s administration, according to a new poll released March 23-24. The poll was conducted among 1,990 registered voters.