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Economic Policy and the 2022 Elections

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Like most elections in the United States, the economy was one of the most discussed issues during the 2022 election. However, the economic issues discussed were different than most recent elections. The unemployment rate in 2022 was historically low. The economy had added over 10,000,000 jobs during President Biden’s time in office. Normally, this would have made the economy a strong issue for the president’s party. However, inflation would dominate the economic discussion in 2022

Inflation reached a four-decade high in 2022 and so became an important issue in the 2022 election. Polls before the election showed inflation and the economy in general were the two top issues heading into election day. Economic issues being the most important to voters is not uncommon However, there was a large partisan divide over the issue of inflation. Republicans in the electorate were much more likely than Democrats to consider inflation a top issue. Republicans in the electorate were also more likely to blame President Biden’s policies for inflation, while Democrats felt other factors were causing inflation. After the Russian invasion of Ukraine, gas prices surged in the US. In response, President Biden ordered the release of 180,000,000 barrels of oil from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve, the largest release since the Strategic Petroleum Reserve was created in 1974. Republicans argued President Biden was only doing this because of the upcoming 2022 election.

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News Articles on Inflation

Inflation Plagues Democrats in the Polling. Will It Crush Them at the Ballot Box?

New York Times



Inflation Helped Decide Elections Worldwide. Here’s What That Means for the Midterms

ABC News



Is Inflation Biden’s Fault? Could Tax Cuts Fix It? Here’s What We Know




News Articles on Gas Prices

Will Gas Prices Doom Democracy

New York Times



A Key Election Metric for Democrats is on a Sign in Your Neighborhood

Washington Post



Whether Gas Prices are Up or Down, Don’t Blame or Thank The President





Debate: How much are President Biden’s policies to blame for the inflation the US experienced in 2022?

Should the government try to reduce inflation if it would vastly increase unemployment

Poll: Do you agree with President Biden’s decision to release of 180,000,000 barrels of oil from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve to help reduce gas prices?

Do you think the Russian invasion of Ukraine has contributed to inflation in the US

Short Answer: Voters of which party were more likely to say inflation was the top issue facing the United States.


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