Maybe it’s grade inflation with the Democrats: The gap between how Democrats see the U.S. economy and how Republicans and independents grade may be one of the best clues to how Americans will vote on Tuesday.
According to Morning Consult polling, 70% of Democrats polled give the current U.S. economy an A, B, or C grade. Some 45% of Democrats award the economy a C grade, and only 11% of Democrats give it an F.
That compares to the grade that other voters give the economy — only 22% of Republicans give it a C or better, and only 34% of independents do. 45% of Republicans say the economy gets an F grade right now and another 34% give it a D.
Calculated as a whole, 56% of all voters give the economy a D or F grade.
When asked what influenced the grade, some 80% told the polling company that food prices were a major driving factor for their grade, followed by inflation (79%) and gas prices (75).
Morning Consult’s Consumer Confidence Index shows that consumer worries are up and sentiment down — even lower than it was during the Covid-19 lockdown policies of 2020, when the economy went into a tailspin with high unemployment, and an actual recession.
“In a survey conducted in the week leading up to the midterm elections, voters were most likely to give the current economy a bad grade, with 56% assigning a D or F, including about 4 in 5 Republicans, 2 in 3 independents and 3 in 10 Democrats,” Morning Consult reports.
“Though Democrats were the most generous group when it came to grading the economy, only 6% of Democrats awarded the economy an A, and those voters have expressed an increasingly dismal outlook in the past year,” Morning Consult reports.
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