When is $7 Gas Not a Crisis? When Your Party is in the White House
A brief breakdown of a Quinnipiac poll response.
Nearly 6 in 10 Americans, 59 percent, think that rising prices in the United States is a crisis and 38 percent think it's a problem but not a crisis. That is an increase in the percentage of Americans who say it is a crisis from a Quinnipiac University poll on April 27, 2022, when 49 percent thought rising prices was a crisis and 47 percent thought it was a problem but not a crisis.
More than 6 in 10 Americans (63 percent) say the price of gas and consumer goods is the economic issue that worries them most right now, while 17 percent say the cost of housing or rent,
Americans 55 - 44 percent say that as a result of the recent rise in gas prices, they have cut back significantly on their household spending.
More than two-thirds of Americans (68 percent) say the price of gasoline has either been a very serious (30 percent) or somewhat serious (38 percent) problem for them and their family lately, while 32 percent say it's not too serious (22 percent) or not a problem at all (10 percent).
Who is most likely to think that the massive rise in food and gas prices is a crisis?
Seventy-six percent of Republicans and 59 percent of independents think rising prices is a crisis, while 39 percent of Democrats think rising prices is a crisis.
There's a certain mental detachment required to go to the store and see the price of eggs or bread, and shrug away because your guy is in the White House.
It's a real tribute to the ideological frame that people can overcome reality.
To give them a certain benefit of the doubt, a lot of lefties are well off and these numbers may simply reflect that, but even the most prosperous people are facing economic headwinds even if they're not as worried about what they see at the grocery store.
But true believers can keep the faith even when it's emptying their pocketbook.