82 percent of Americans say regular items cost more than usual as inflation rises

The vast majority of Americans reported paying higher prices for items they commonly buy as inflation has risen in recent months.

A poll released Sunday by CBS News/YouGov found 82 percent of people say goods they usually buy “cost more than they did not long ago.” Sixty-four percent of respondents said items are often out of stock and 55 percent noted that deliveries take longer.

President Joe Biden receives low marks for its approach to inflation, with 67 percent of those polled saying they disapprove. Its general approval rating, according to the CBS News/YouGov poll is at 44 percent.

On Thursday, a Quinnipiac University study found presidential approval was even lower— at 36 percent — which is the worst rating he’s received yet in a national Quinnipiac poll.

Last week, the Labor Department reported that inflation had reached its highest level in more than 30 years, at 6.2 percent.

In an interview on CNN last week, White House economic adviser Brian Deese said: that Americans saw price increases and inflation “because of the supply chain challenges associated with COVID.”

He added that the Biden administration is “working with ports across the country to help move goods through the economy faster”.

The CBS News/YouGov survey, which surveyed 2,058 American adults between November 15 and November 19 (with a margin of error of plus or minus 3 points), covered a number of other topics.

Biden received higher marks for his handling of the COVID-19 pandemic, with 52 percent of respondents saying he is doing a “very good” or “somewhat good” job in tackling the coronavirus outbreak.

The vast majority of Americans reported paying higher prices for items they commonly buy as inflation has surged in recent months, according to a CBS News/YouGov survey. Above, USDA Choice beef is put up for sale at a grocery store on November 11, 2021 in Los Angeles, California. The vast majority of Americans report paying higher prices for items they commonly buy as inflation has risen in recent months.
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Only 30 percent of respondents rated the state of the US economy as “very good” or “fairly good”

Of those who did not have a rosy view of the economy, 84 percent mentioned inflation, 71 percent said there were shortages of products and goods, and 54 percent said a shortage of workers played into their minds.

Seventy-four percent of critics of the economy cited gas prices, which have risen this year.

The website GasBuddy, which tracks US gas prices, predicted on Thursday that: the national average for a gallon of gasoline would reach $3.35 by Thanksgiving Day. That’s $1.24 higher than the national average of $2.11 during Thanksgiving last year.

An annual survey by GasBuddy found that overall, 50 percent of U.S. drivers said they’d driven less by 2021, and 78 percent reported that lower gasoline prices would encourage them to get out and about more.

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