With just over three weeks before the mid-term elections, polls show the economy could be the deciding factor with voters worried about a recession.
The Pennsylvania Senate race between famed surgeon Dr. Mehmet Oz and Democratic State Lieutenant Governor John Fetterman could determine whether Republicans or Democrats will have control of the Senate in 2023.
While voters say they are concerned about the rights of crime and abortion, it seems this race may hinge on how people feel about their finances.
“I think the candidate who wins this is the candidate who ends up having the strongest message on the economy,” said pollster Berwood Yost, director of the Center for Opinion Research at Franklin and Marshall College in Pennsylvania.
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A poll by Franklin and Marshall College finds that 70% of Pennsylvania voters are dissatisfied with their finances and 40% expect to be worse off in a year. Gloomy statistics and voters Fox Business has spoken to say they want to hear more solutions from candidates.
“It’s a big fear, I’m worried about a recession and job losses,” Pennsylvania voter Haresh Assumel said.
“It’s a big concern for me because being 61, I still have two jobs,” Pennsylvania voter Ed Johnson said. “It’s not getting easier.”
A recent Monmouth University poll shows that inflation is far outpacing other hot issues, including crime, abortion, immigration and gun control. 82% of Americans say inflation is “extremely or very important” to their decision making. Meanwhile, the September inflation rate remained high at 8.2%.
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In the Pennsylvania Senate Race, crime and abortion dominated the conversation, but Yost thinks the economy will be the deciding factor.
“Voters concerned about abortion rights are at this point in the decision making process,” Yost said. “People who are concerned about crime are determined in their decision-making process. I expect the real swing point for many undecided voters to be economic concerns.”
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From what the candidates have said about the economy, Oz believes President Biden’s policies have led to inflation and that the United States should work to be energy independent. Fetterman wants to cut taxes for the working class and make the nation’s supply chain more resilient by making more products in America.