TAMPA, Fla. (Nov. 1, 2022) – Researchers at the University of South Florida have released results from a statewide survey that measures public opinion on the impact of inflation and attitudes toward government responses to the rising costs of goods and services.
Among the findings:
How inflation ranks heading into the Nov. 8 midterms: When asked to identify the issues that will impact their votes this fall, inflation ranked at the top.
- Inflation 52%
- Economy/Jobs 48%
- Immigration 32%
- Abortion 28%
- Gun Violence/Crime 27%
Impact of inflation over the past year:
- 89% say that inflation has impacted their grocery spending.
- 88% say that inflation has impacted their discretionary spending.
- 68% say that inflation has impacted their travel plans.
- 67% say that inflation has forced them to draw down their savings.
- 65% say that inflation has impacted their ability to pay essential bills.
Floridians’ wages as they relate to inflation: Among income earners, 80% say that their wages have not kept up with the rising cost of goods and services over the past year.
Inflation’s impact on financial security over the past year:
- Just over 67% of Floridians say that they have less money available for a personal emergency than they did 12 months ago.
- Only 7% say that they have more money available for a personal emergency than they did 12 months ago.
How Floridians feel about what is responsible for inflation:
- More than a third of Floridians (35%) say that the Biden administration’s policies are primarily responsible for the rising costs of goods and services.
- 19% attribute inflation primarily to the COVID-19 pandemic.
- 11% attribute inflation primarily to the war in Ukraine.
- More than three-quarters (77%) say that they are either “somewhat” or “very dissatisfied” with the federal government’s response to the rising cost of goods and services.
The survey included a representative sample of 600 Floridians, fielded Oct. 14 – 23, 2022. Results are reported with a confidence level of 95% and a margin of error +/-4 %.
The complete survey results can be found here.
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