Rising costs remain a top concern for Americans and pessimism about the economy remains very high, but intensity of concern is declining.
Progressive messaging that acknowledges the pain point of inflation when selling their economic agenda is more effective than not doing so.
Significant majorities of Americans continue to support both the stimulus checks sent out earlier this year and the Build Back Better agenda.
Undecided voters express deep pessimism about the state of the economy and political division, but see some positive signs of recovery.
Most Americans still see rising costs as a “major crisis,” but two in three view corporate greed as a convincing explanation for inflation.
Two in three Americans support each provision of the Build Back Better Act as 60 percent say its passage is urgent.
A majority now say the cost of goods like gas and groceries is a “major crisis,” up 16 points from just a month ago.
Centering lost jobs and delayed payments is most effective in rebutting conservative opposition to raising the debt ceiling.
Expanding Medicare, lowering drug costs, and raising taxes on the wealthy and corporations are seen as the best reasons to pass the plan.
Both Biden voters and Trumps groups in these focus groups largely support the expanded Child Tax Credit and raising taxes on the wealthy.
About three in five overall and among independents support both the Build Back Better agenda and raising the debt ceiling.
More than seven in ten Americans find arguments linking rising costs to corporations squeezing consumers and passing off costs.
Seven in ten support Biden’s economic plan; addressing the pandemic, the wealth gap, and rising costs are seen as the best reasons to pass it.
Most Americans are favorable to the Child Tax Credit and view frames characterizing it as easing the financial burden on working families as the most convincing to continue the expanded credit.
More than two in three Americans want government to do more to make things like health care, utilities, gas, and groceries more affordable.