With Midterm elections coming up, Americans will be showing up to vote against policies that have caused economic trouble in the country.
Americans deeply disapprove of President Biden’s handling of the economy, inflation and soaring gas prices – and say those three issues will dictate how they will vote in the midterm elections this fall when control of Congress is at stake, a poll released Sunday shows.
More than eight in 10 Americans – 83% – cite the economy as an extremely or very important issue in determining how they will cast their vote in November, according to an ABC News/Ipsos poll.
Only 37% approve of Biden’s response to the economy, while even smaller margins approve of his handling of inflation (28%) and gas prices (27%).
Even among Democrats, Biden manages only to eke out majorities on inflation (56%) and gas prices (51%).
In even more dire news for Democrats, Republicans hold a substantial advantage in their motivation to vote – 57% of Republicans say they are very enthusiastic, compared to 44% of Democrats.
The only positive approval rating Biden gets is from his response to the coronavirus pandemic – 56% approve, 43% disapprove.
On a range of other issues, he remains underwater: immigration 61% disapprove, 37% approve; the economic recovery, 61%-37%; crime, 61%-38%; Russia/Ukraine war, 52%-46%; climate change, 55%-43%; inflation, 71%-28%; gas prices, 72%-27%; abortion, 58%-41%.
Asked to rank which single issue they think is the most important this November, 21% say inflation, 19% say the economy, 17% say gun violence, 12% say abortion.
The remainder come in at single digits, including 8% gas prices, 6% immigration, 5% climate change, 3% crime, COVID 2% and Russia and taxes are tied at 1%.
The poll surveyed 542 adults between June 3-4.
It has a plus/minus 4.8 percentage points margin of error.