AMAC Exclusive – By Andrew Abbott
Despite an all-out effort by elected Democrats and the mainstream media to shift blame for inflation away from Joe Biden and the Democratic Party’s unprecedented spending spree, a majority of voters still blame Biden for causing the inflation that is wreaking havoc on Americans’ financial lives, according to a new poll conducted by the Trafalgar Group for AMAC.
Amazingly, just 6.7 percent said they blamed the “Russian invasion of Ukraine” for inflation—a complete and total rejection of the narrative the Biden administration has stubbornly pushed for months, blaming the war in eastern Europe for “Putin’s Price Hike.”
The nationwide opinion poll surveyed 1,078 likely voters from September 21-26, and had a margin of error of 2.9 percent.
Asked which was “most responsible for inflation,” 52.1 percent of likely voters said they blame “the Biden administration,” while 25.8 percent blame the “global shutdown due to COVID-19,” and 15.4 percent blame the Trump administration.
Since taking office, President Joe Biden has presided over an inflation rate that has skyrocketed from a low of 1.4 percent in January 2021 to a record high of 9.1 percent in June 2022. Inflation decreased slightly to 8.3 percent last month, but many economic forecasters fear the worst is yet to come. Experts agree that any sustained decline in inflation will likely coincide with a significant worsening of the ongoing economic recession. Economists have also consistently held that the enormous spending packages passed by congressional Democrats and signed into law by Biden are a primary driver of inflation. Even Larry Summers, an economic advisor to Presidents Obama and Clinton, called Democrats’ so-called “American Rescue Plan” the “least responsible” economic policy in 40 years.
Yet despite the near-consensus on the Biden administration’s responsibility for inflation, the White House has engaged in a never-ending game of blame-shifting and misdirection on the subject. First, the White House tried dismissing inflation as “transient,” insisting that it was just a short-term blip as a result of the pandemic. When that narrative became untenable, the Biden administration tried blaming former President Trump and congressional Republicans, despite the fact that Trump had been out of office for more than a year and Democrats controlled both chambers of Congress.
Apparently realizing that those talking points weren’t likely to convince many people either, the Biden administration then engaged in an all-out effort to blame the Russian invasion of Ukraine, asserting that the global economic disruptions of the conflict have caused inflation and the average cost of goods to explode. The administration then suggested that Republicans who call Biden out on inflation are effectively puppets of Vladimir Putin. Biden repeatedly made reference to what he called “Putin’s Price Hike,” specifically claiming that “70 percent” of inflation was due to the Russian invasion – a theory that multiple economists and global affairs experts have rejected. Nevertheless, the Biden administration has persisted in the claim.
As the AMAC/Trafalgar poll shows, a majority of voters aren’t buying any of these excuses – particularly with regard to Ukraine. Notably, 51.8 percent of Independents and even 18.3 percent of Democrats primarily blame Biden for inflation. Just 10.3 percent and 7.2 percent blamed Ukraine, respectively. Ahead of a hotly contested midterm election cycle where inflation is a top issue for voters, those numbers should undoubtedly be concerning for Democratic campaigns.
The poll also shows serious trouble for Democrats among minority voters – a key demographic for the party. 69 percent of Hispanics say Biden is most responsible for inflation, further suggesting that a mass exodus of Latinos from the Democratic Party may indeed be ongoing. 25.7 percent of Blacks also blame Biden for inflation, while just 3.8 percent blame the Russian invasion of Ukraine – another concerning sign for Democrats that their message is not credible. 48.3 percent of Asian voters also said Biden is most to blame for inflation, while just 3.7 percent blamed Ukraine.
Perhaps of most concern to these frustrated voters should be the fact that Biden and congressional Democrats have shown no signs of changing course. In August, Congress passed and Biden signed a bill titled the “Inflation Reduction Act,” but economists predict it will actually make inflation slightly worse. Democrats have also outlined plans for more huge spending packages should they manage to retain control of Congress, denying the obvious relationship between the policies they have passed so far and inflation.
In November, the people will have a chance to render their judgment. If Republicans can make clear that they have a plan for curbing Biden’s inflationary policies if given control of Congress, the GOP will have a strong majority of voters sympathetic to their message.
Andrew Abbott is the pen name of a writer and public affairs consultant with over a decade of experience in DC at the intersection of politics and culture.
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Even with the the 6.7 that believe it is the Russia Ukraine war is causing the inflation… it is still Brandon’s fault! It started with our loss of energy independence putting our national security at risk. Then his absolute failure in Afghanistan showed Putin he had opportunity. BTW… how many US citizens are still abandoned there?
JUST THINK when THE DONALD left office we had low unemployment, low inflation, and were energy independent. Now after not quite two years of Joey and the Demoronic Cabal we have just the reverse. Amazing what you can do when you are a self-centered ass who thinks he can do no wrong and give away Billions of dollars you don’t have, and have no idea when you will ever get. and shut down the biggest source of energy we have. Ain’t America Grand? Just proves the old saying that anyone can become president.
go to hell biden and your administration .. how many people have you Murdered in 2 years.. you pathetic sick perverted compromised cognitive retard.
Goes to show that 6.7% of Americans are brain dead. Maybe we can “blame” it on covid. Thankfully as we get farther and farther away from President Trumps time in office it becomes harder and harder to blame him. Socialist/democrats are going to have to come up with a lot better lies to blame anyone as more Americans are waking up. Hopefully even the 6.7%.
who are the 6.7% who believed that ridiculous excuse that Putin invading Ukraine was responsible for inflation? Didn’t they notice that inflation was a problem BEFORE the invasion? I’m in the camp that believes the high inflation was actually caused by the out-of-control spending by congress and the Biden administration.
Anybody who doesn’t know who Joe Biden is simply go on You Tube and search “Joe Biden racist”… there’s 40 years of video unless they’ve deleted all those for “misinformation”.
WHO?!?!?! Why do we never hear from these brandon supporters? Supposedly 44% approve of the job it is doing – WHO!?!?!
How many people polled these days will actually admit they will vote GOP? The same goes for the lack of bumper stickers and yard signs showing support for any Republican! People don’t want their homes and cars fire-bombed after showing support for non-woke candidates. I think much the same thing is happening with these polls, lots of folks have been shamed into avoiding support for any right leaning policy! For these reasons, I think the bloodbath for the Democrat party is going to be far worse than even current polls are indicating. I don’t think the polls are even close to any accuracy right now! RIP Dem’s!
Keep thinking that RIP dems stuff. We all KNEW that obama would not be reelected for a second term. We all KNEW that Trump would win a second term. NEVER underestimate the power of blind followers, stupid voters and a dishonest government with the FBI and the press in their pocket. Many other countries have fallen behind this exact formula.
A poll is only as good as its questions. It would be nice if when reporting the results of a particular poll the actual poll itself was included. If only 52% of likely voters blame the Biden administration and the Marxist Democrats for our economic predicament, then how do the other 48% explain their position. More than 15% blame Donald Trump. Really? How so? Sadly, too many Americans are uninformed, misinformed, stupid, blind or committed Marxists who believe hate, division, “social justice,” economic collapse and wealth redistribution are a good thing. I understand not everyone is a political or news junkie, but for God’s sake, take the time and effort to educate yourselves at least enough to get through the media bias and propaganda. God help us.
He’s lied about everything. Why should we believe his excuses for inflation?
The 15.4 % blaming the Trump administration for the current inflation are hopelessly brainwashed.
Lenin’s “useful idiots”!
I am surprised there is anyone who believes biden. His own dog won’t come when he calls.
You must be polling far lefts because sensible people KNOW who is responsible for the many messes we’re facing, and he goes by FJB.
I can not beleave any that man wil say any more!!
Would love to hear the explanation of the 15.4% that blame Trump admin for our inflation now…?
I’m seeing some idiocy in that segment of the polled..TDS?
President Trump lives rent free in those demented minds.
It’s comforting to know that only less than 7% are brain dead I wonder if it’s enough to vote dems in again
Due to inability of eliminating many Commie D fraudsters, Dominion says, probably yes.
Those 6.7% of voters equal democrats at the federal, state and local level who hold office and don’t want to make the “big guy” angry
NOT 2.5% buy Bidens Game plan?Darn
Always apply the foolproof Democrat lie detector. Their lips are moving they are lying! Guaranteed
Anybody that believes anything Lying Biden says, I have a nice bridge over a bay in California between Oakland at San Franciso I would like to sell, Cheap.
You would have to be Deaf, Dumb, and Blind to believe that crap, —– lean heavy on Dumb, maybe better yet, STUPID!