(POLL) ‘It’s (still) the economy stupid’

Amid a bevy of controversial issues on voters’ minds, the economy still remains the top concern just weeks from November’s critical Midterm Elections.

That’s according to Rasmussen Reports.

The national survey finds that 88% of likely voters are concerned about the economy, including 60% who say they are “very concerned.”

Just 10% say they aren’t concerned about the economy.

When it comes to inflation, specifically, it is of concern to 89% of voters.

The phrase “It’s the economy, stupid” was made famous by Democratic strategist James Carville during Bill Clinton’s 1992 presidential campaign. No other issue matters to voters as much this year. 

Majorities in almost every demographic category – 61% of men, 59% of women, 63% of whites, 54% of blacks, and 56% of other minorities – say they’re “very concerned” about the economy.

However, fewer Democrats (47%) than Republicans (76%) or voters not affiliated with either party (58%) say they are “very concerned” about the economy.

Of four other issues surveyed only the deadly drug fentanyl problem garnered the same level of concern that voters have for the economy.

  • Eighty-two percent (82%) of voters say they are concerned about fentanyl, including 60% who say they are “very concerned” about the synthetic opioid linked to more than 70,000 overdose deaths last year. 
  • Majorities of almost every demographic group – 62% of men, 59% of women, 64% of whites, 51% of blacks and 56% of other minorities – say they are “very concerned” about fentanyl.
  • Fewer Democrats (47%) than Republicans (75%) or unaffiliated voters (60%) say they are “very concerned” about the fentanyl problem.

To see survey question wording, click here.

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