Nearly half of US voters say they are ‘financially worse off’ than they were a year ago, shortly after former President Trump’s four-year term ended, survey finds of March from Harvard/Harris Poll.
The survey asked respondents: “Would you say your personal financial situation is improving or deteriorating?”
Almost half, 49%, said their financial situation is “getting worse.” That’s more than twice as many as the 21% of voters who said the same exactly one year ago, in March 2021, less than two months after Trump left office.
This coincides with the top issue for voters, as “rising prices/inflation” tops the list of the “most important issues” facing the country.
Voters were asked to select three questions, and “the economy and jobs” followed closely with 27%. Immigration completes the top three with 21%, followed by coronavirus (19%), health care (18%), terrorism/national security (18%), national debt/federal budget deficits ( 15%), crime and drugs (14%), environment/climate change (14%) and corruption (12%). The remaining issues received support of ten percent or less.
Respondents were also asked to identify their biggest/second biggest concern, and again, inflation topped the list, as 35% said it was their “biggest” concern and 18% said it was their second biggest concern.
Additionally, 76% said they had been affected by inflation, compared to 67% who said the same in January. Of these, more than a third said they had been “much affected”. Forty percent said they felt the effects of inflation the most at the grocery store, while 36% said they felt it at the gas pump.
Notably, voters don’t have an optimistic outlook on this front, as a majority, 46%, said they expect inflation to “stay high” and 35% expect it “to become even higher”.
The survey was conducted March 23-24, 2022 among 1,990 registered voters and comes as Americans continue to face the highest inflation in about four decades and the highest prices since the US administration. former President Obama.