Poll: Americans trust GOP to tackle inflation and economy, but prefer choice to pro-life candidates
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Americans have more confidence in Republicans to address economic issues ahead of November’s midterm elections, but a majority of Americans said they would be more likely to support a candidate who supports the access to abortion than one who does not, according to a new survey.
The ABC News/Ipsos poll found that by a nine-point margin Americans trust the GOP over Democrats to manage the economy (34 percent to 25 percent), while 49 percent of respondents they said they would be more likely to vote for a candidate who “is in favor.” keep abortion legal and available” compared to just 27 percent who prefer a candidate who “favors limiting abortion except to protect the life of the mother.”
The findings come after a July report showed US GDP shrank for a second straight quarter between April and June, suggesting the economy has entered a technical recession, and after the Supreme Court overturned read the Roe vs. Wade decision, which protected access to abortion services.
The survey found that only 12 percent of Americans believe the economy is recovering, and 69 percent believe the country’s financial health will worsen. Republicans are also seen as more competent than Democrats in fighting gas prices by a nine-point margin (33% to 24%), according to the poll.
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When asked which party would do a better job of fighting inflation, 33% trusted Republicans to do the job, while only 23% said Democrats. Inflation reached 9.1% in June, the highest in the United States in 40 years.
Over the weekend, the Senate passed the Inflation Relief Act of 2022 on a party-line vote, with Vice President Kamala Harris casting the tie-breaking vote.
Republicans have expressed major concerns about the bill, after a study by the Joint Committee on Taxation (JCT) found that the bill would increase taxes on Americans earning less than $400,000. The legislation would also reportedly increase funding for the IRS to deploy 87,000 agents to increase tax audits.
According to the poll, which was conducted before the Senate voted on the Inflation Reduction Act, only 29 percent of adults surveyed approve of Biden’s handling of inflation.
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The poll also found that 37 percent of Americans said they approve of Biden’s handling of the economic recovery, a number that has not changed since the last poll in June.
Recently, several Democratic representatives, including Minnesota Rep. Dean Phillips and Rep. Angie Craig, have revealed that they will not support President Biden as the Democratic candidate for the 2024 presidential election, even though the White House insists that he will run in the re-election .
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The ABC News/Ipsos poll was conducted August 5-6, 2022, with a margin of error of plus or minus 4.2 percentage points, with a confidence level of 95%.