With inflation surging, poll shows Americans blaming familiar face

By Bob Unruh

President Joe Biden laughs as he removes his face mask before his address to Congress on Wednesday, April 28, 2021. (Video screenshot)

A new poll shows that a majority of Americans blame President Biden and the current Congress for the surging inflation that has developed in the United States.

Some economists have warned about the problem, which most recently was estimated to have reached the 6% level and more, while others say it likely will not last for an extended period.

Nonetheless, it is raising costs for American consumers, in some cases such as lumber for new homes, precipitously.

The poll by the Trafalgar Group shows 39% of Americans hold Biden “most responsible” for inflation, and 14.4% hold the current Congress most responsible.

Some 17.7% blame President Trump, even though Biden has abandoned many of his foreign policy and economic strategies, and another 10.9% blame the former Congress.

It is telling that 21.5% of the Democrats responding blame Biden, while another 27.3% blame Trump. Similar numbers of 14.6% and 13.6% blame the current and former Congresses.

Republicans were much more unified, with 64.3% blaming Biden and 11.6% blaming the current Congress.

Only 6% blamed Trump.

Independents were in between, with 35.5% blaming Biden and 17.5% blaming the current Congress. Only 16.9% blamed Trump.

Hispanic and Asian respondents largely blamed Biden, while blacks blamed Trump, under whose leadership the nation saw some of the highest employment levels for minorities ever recorded.

The assessment by the Washington Examiner was blunt: “A new poll reveals that voters pin most of the blame for rising inflation on President Joe Biden.”

“Independent voters swung closer to Republicans on the issue, with 35.5% saying Biden is to blame for inflation, compared to 16.9% who blame Trump. Another 31.3% blamed either the current or last Congress for the issue.”

Democrats, whose party falsely blamed Trump for “Russia collusion” and failed in two campaigns to impeach and remove him, “were the group most likely to blame Trump, with 27.3% indicating the former president is responsible for inflation compared to 21.5% who blame Biden. Another 28.2% pinned the blame on Congress,” the report said.

“On a wide range of issues that hit home for and impact everyday Americans — from the border, to COVID-19 policy, to inflation — current leadership in Washington is not only getting it wrong, they’re focused on issues that only DC elites care about. And DC doesn’t pay the price, we do,” President of Convention of States Action Mark Meckler said of the poll in a press release. “We’re continuing our work in states across America to advance agenda items that help real people solve real problems. The swamp has demonstrated a consistent inability to care about making our lives better, which is why we have to increase the focus on taking strong leadership in our own backyards.”

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