Over 75% of US hit by inflation and most blame Joe Biden: poll

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More than three out of four Americans say inflation is affecting their lives as the holiday season approaches and more than half say President Biden deserves at least some blame for the high prices, according to a new poll. ​

A Yahoo News/YouGov survey released Tuesday found that 77 percent of Americans say inflation has recently affected them to some extent, while 61 percent say the the same about the ongoing supply chain crisis and the resulting shortage of goods and services.

The poll also found that more than half of Americans (51 percent) have expressed worry they “won’t be able to afford what they need during the holidays due to inflation,” while 45 percent fear they “won’t be able to get what they need” ​because of the ​supply chain ​disruption.

T​he disruptive effects of inflation cross partisan lines, as 69 percent of Democrats acknowledge that high prices have affected them “some” or “a great deal.” Nine out of ten Republicans say the same, as do 79 percent of independents.

Inflation has crossed party lines in disrupting people’s lives.
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When asked who they blame for the high prices caused by inflation, 80 percent of Americans pin at least some of the blame on COVID-19, while 57 percent say Biden bears “some” or “a great deal” of responsibility.

But when asked who deserves “the most” blame, 35 percent of respondents say Biden while 30 percent say the pandemic. 

Nearly all Republicans (90 percent) and 65 percent of independents place at least “some” of the blame on the president for inflation, as do 28 percent of Democrats. 

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Overall, the poll put Biden’s job approval rating at 43 percent, slightly higher than some other surveys that have the president as low as 36 percent.

As Americans hit the road for Thanksgiving, they will bet met by the highest prices they’ve paid for gas in seven years. Those hosting family and friends this year will have to shell out 14 percent more to buy their turkey dinner. 

In an effort to try to alleviate the pain at the pump, the Biden administration announced on Tuesday that it would release 50 million barrels of oil from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve, but the president admitted that won’t have an immediate effect.

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People hosting Thanksgiving will be shelling out more for turkeys this year due to inflation.
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President Biden has said Americans can expect their gas prices to drop soon.

“It will take time but before long you should see the price of gas drop where you fill up your tank,” Biden said Tuesday at his last major event before the holiday.

T​he Yahoo/YouGov poll surveyed 1,696 adults between Nov. 17-19 and has a margin of error of plus-or-minus 2.6 percentage points.


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