Voters see the economy and inflation as the main issue for 2022 midterms
As candidates throw darts at each other in the final weeks of the 2022 midterm elections, voters in Utah say the economy is the most important issue for them when selecting a senator or president. a member of Congress.
A Deseret News/Hinckley Institute of Politics poll found that 28% of Utahns chose the economy from a list of nine issues presented in the survey. This more than doubled a candidate’s opinion of the role of the federal government as a second choice, which stood at 13%.
Health care, education and environmental protection followed at 9%, as did “other” or an issue that was not on the list. Abortion, gun control/Second Amendment protections, immigration, and views on the structure of the United States Supreme Court, in that order, rounded out the responses.
Continued record inflation, high grocery prices, family gas budgets and the prospect of a recession make the economy an obvious issue in voters’ minds as the mid-elections approach. mandate.
The poll results are indicative of the challenge Democratic and independent candidates face in this election cycle, said Chris Karpowitz, co-director of the Center for the Study of Elections and Democracy at Brigham Young University.
“It probably won’t work in favor of Democrats, and it will work in favor of Republicans,” he said.
Republicans have blamed President Joe Biden for the state of the economy and record inflation in campaign speeches and ads. GOP candidates have also lambasted what they say is the Democrats’ misnamed Cut Inflation Act, calling it a tax and spending spree and a vehicle to advance their partisan agenda.
The law marks the biggest climate change investment in U.S. history, allows Medicare to negotiate the costliest prescription drugs with pharmaceutical companies, and extends health care subsidies to 2024 elections.
The poll showed Republicans and Democrats sharply disagree on which issue matters most to them when choosing a senator or congressman.
For Republican voters, the economy was by far the top issue at 37%, followed distantly by opinions on the role of the federal government. Environmental protection was the top issue for Democratic voters at 28%, followed by health care.
“One thing you can see from this is just the different political party agendas. For Democrats, environmental protection and health care are two top priorities. For Republicans it’s different,” Karpowitz said.
A fifth of unaffiliated or independent voters identified the economy as the most important issue, but they were more evenly split across all issues listed.
Independent voters picking the economy as their most important issue probably doesn’t help Democrats, Karpowitz said. The fact that independent voters are spread more evenly across multiple issues indicates either that they either don’t pay close attention to politics or have a variety of concerns that don’t align neatly with one party or the other. , did he declare.
Four in 10 Utahans who identified themselves as “very” or “somewhat” conservative in the poll chose the economy as their top issue in this year’s election. Those who identified as “somewhat” liberal chose health care, while “very” liberal voters chose environmental protection.
Dan Jones & Associates conducted the poll for the Deseret News and the Hinckley Institute among 815 registered Utah voters from September 3-21. It has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.43 percentage points.