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Half of voters say the economy and inflation are the biggest midterm issue

According to a recent ABC/Ipsos poll, half of American voters say the economy or inflation is their number one issue ahead of the Nov. 8 midterm elections.

The poll shows 28% of registered voters say the economy is their most important issue in determining their vote, while 22% say inflation is.

Additionally, 73% of Republican voters cite the economy and inflation as their top issue ahead of the midterm elections – 45% saying the economy and 28% saying inflation.

The poll also found that half of independent voters (50%) say the economy or inflation is their number one issue in November.

Among Democrats, only 28% say portfolio issues are important to them, with 15% saying inflation and 13% the economy. More Democratic voters cited abortion as their top issue heading into the election at 29%, followed by gun violence at 16%.

The poll results are a good sign for Republican candidates, as registered voters have given Republicans a double-digit advantage over those they believe would do a better job of managing the economy, the inflation crisis and soaring gasoline prices, according to an ABC/Ipsos poll from last week.

President Joe Biden speaks about gasoline prices at the White House on June 22, 2022. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

Inflation has become a major headache for Americans, with prices climbing 8.2% since last year, food prices jumping 13% and gasoline prices jumping 18.2%. %.

The survey also found that while voters slightly prefer the same political party controlling both the executive and the legislature (30%) to shared control (21%), most have no preference (47%) .

A recent Rasmussen poll found Republicans had a seven-point advantage over Democrats in the generic Congressional ballot (49% to 42%) and a whopping 18-point advantage among independents.

The ABC News/Ipsos poll was conducted by Ipsos from October 28 to October 29, 2022, surveying a total of 621 registered voters in the United States. The poll’s margin of error is +/- 4.2%.

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