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Despite Biden pleas to make midterms referendum on abortion, issue not a top concern in polls

Pollster Scott Rasmussen says "the top 3 issues are still inflation, inflation, and inflation."

July 8, 2022 4:06pm

Updated: July 9, 2022 11:20pm

President Joe Biden is calling on Americans to vote for Democrats in response to the Supreme Court's decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, but polling shows abortion is not a top concern for the American electorate.

"We need two additional pro-choice senators and a pro-choice House to codify Roe as federal law," Biden said on Friday when signing an executive order related to expanding abortion access. "Your vote can make that a reality. For God's sakes, there's an election in November. Vote, vote, vote." 

A Monmouth University poll released Tuesday asked respondents to identify the biggest concern facing their family right now. In total, 66% cited inflation, gas prices, unemployment, economy and paying everyday bills. Abortion came in as a top concern for just 5%.

An Associated Press-NORC poll released Friday found that most Americans view economic issues as their top concern. 

"Forty percent of U.S. adults specifically name inflation in an open-ended question as one of up to five priorities for the government to work on in the next year, according to a June poll from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research," read an AP summary of the poll's findings. "That's a sharp rise from 14% in December and less than 1% the year prior. In all, 77% mention the economy in any way, up from 68% in December."

Pollster Scott Rasmussen told Just the News that "the top 3 issues are still inflation, inflation, and inflation."

Inflation is currently at a 40-year high, and gas prices are averaging close to $5 a gallon nationally.

Biden's approval rating has dropped to a new low of 36%.

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