A recent Reuters/Ipsos poll showed that only 19% of Americans believe that the country is moving in the right direction while 70% believe it is moving in the wrong direction. When asked about President Biden, just 36% approved of his job performance, while 59% answered that they disapprove.

U.S. Sen. Tommy Tuberville (R-Alabama) cited inflation as the big reason for Americans' dissatisfaction with their plight.

“Families are struggling to afford Biden's economy, doing everything from eating less meat to canceling vacations. Meanwhile, the admin is continuing its spending spree that got us into this mess in the first place. Americans deserve better,” Tuberville said, citing a Wall Street Journal article that detailed how Americans are coping with rising fuel, food, rent, and consumer goods prices.

Congressman Jerry Carl (R-AL01) said that the President’s energy policy has been at the heart of the runaway inflation problem.

“Since day one of the Biden administration, my Republican colleagues and I have been warning the President that his war on American energy will bankrupt Americans at the pump,” Rep. Carl said. “Unfortunately, President Biden has continually ignored us and instead has chosen to cripple domestic energy production, which has caused American refineries to close and has made fuel prices skyrocket. The American people need relief, and we MUST unleash American energy now to bring fuel costs down.”

When asked what was concerning them the most, poll respondents answered most often with the economy at 33%. This is the 43rd week in a row that Reuters/Ipsos has found that the economy is the number one issue concerning Americans and that is true for both political parties. Some 24% of self-professed Democrats and 43% of Republicans were most concerned with the economy. Crime came in second with 11%. That was followed by the environment at 6%, terrorism 5%, immigration 5%, inequality 5%, education 4%, healthcare system 4%, morality 4%, public health 3%, war/conflict 2%, and energy policy 2%.

President Biden continues to defend his handling of the economy.

“Americans should also understand our economy has unique strengths that we can build on,” the President told reporters last month. “The job market is the strongest it’s been since World War II, notwithstanding the inflation.  We added another 390,000 jobs last month; 8,700,000 new jobs since I took office.  An all-time record.  Never that many jobs in that period of time.

“Unemployment rate is near historic lows. Millions of Americans are moving up to better jobs and better pay. And since I took office, families are carrying less debt on average in America.  They have more savings than they’ve had.”

Republicans hope that dissatisfaction with the state of the economy will help them win control of at least one branch of Congress in the Nov. 8 election. Democrats meanwhile hope that recent falling fuel prices will take Americans' minds off economic issues and that the recent Supreme Court decision overturning Roe v. Wade will bring Democratic voters to the polls over abortion rights.

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