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Inflation is the top problem facing the public: Poll

Wage growth appears to be slowing even as inflation grows, making it more difficult for consumers to afford staples like food and gasoline. (AP Photo)

Inflation is the top problem facing the public: Poll

Julia Johnson May 12, 05:25 PMMay 12, 05:25 PM Video Embed

Ninety-three percent of the public agrees that inflation is a problem. Seventy percent say it’s “a very big problem in the country today.”

A new Pew survey revealed that worries over inflation are at the forefront of people’s minds as they struggle to pay for gas and groceries.

Despite inflation’s indisputable lead among other issues, it’s much more of a concern for Republicans, 84% of whom rated the problem as very large. Comparatively, only 57% of Democrats said the same.

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Democrats were more concerned about gun violence, with 70% agreeing that the issue is very big. Following close behind were affordable healthcare with 65% and climate change with 63%.

Notably, Democrats are almost four times more likely to rate climate change as a very large issue than their Republican counterparts.

The parties are similarly in disagreement over the problematic nature of illegal immigration, with 65% of Republicans believing the problem is very big but only 19% of Democrats agreeing.

The survey was conducted between April 25 and May 1 and included 5,074 respondents. The margin of error is plus or minus 2 percentage points.

Renewed concern over inflation was brought on by skyrocketing gas prices, which President Joe Biden has blamed on Russian President Vladimir Putin and his invasion of Ukraine, labeling it “Putin’s price hike.” Many Republicans, however, believe that Biden bears a large share of responsibility for the current economic state.

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Similarly, baby formula has become scarce, with empty grocery store shelves popping up across the country. After online posts revealed a hefty supply of the product in migrant facilities, Republican lawmakers slammed the Biden administration for ensuring availability to noncitizens over citizens.

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