American citizens are more interested in the Biden administration tackling inflation than focusing on helping Ukraine in its war against Russia, a recent poll by YouGov shows.
When asked about issues that ought to be President Joe Biden’s top priority, 38 percent of respondents voted for lowering or eliminating inflation, according to the results of the survey that was conducted between June 23 and 29 (pdf). The second issue was lowering the cost and improving access to health care, with 15 percent, followed by 12 percent support for solving the energy crisis, 8 percent for reducing divisiveness in the country, 8 percent for ensuring Russia’s defeat in Ukraine, and 6 percent for reducing the national debt.
On Biden’s handling of the war in Ukraine, 44 percent said they have an unfavorable opinion, while only 36 percent held a favorable view. Twenty percent were undecided on the matter.
Regarding the issue of the U.S. military potentially becoming directly involved in the ongoing Russia–Ukraine war, 27 percent said they “strongly oppose” it, 21 percent “neither support or oppose” the action, and 19 percent “somewhat oppose” the military involvement.
The survey comes as the United States has spent almost $60 billion on the Ukraine conflict. The war has created uncertainty, pushing up the prices of gas, oil, food, and other commodities.
In a June 30 press conference, a reporter asked Biden how long it is fair to expect American drivers to pay higher gas prices.
“As long as it takes so Russia cannot, in fact, defeat Ukraine and move beyond Ukraine. This is a critical, critical position for the world,” Biden said.
The 12-month Consumer Price Index (CPI), a measure of inflation, was recorded at 83.6 percent in May. Food prices were up by 10.1 percent and energy prices jumped 34.6 percent.