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Few say Biden's policies are helping the middle class in a new poll

In a new poll, few Americans say policies taken by the Biden administration are helping the middle class.

While about half of the population credits President Biden for the U.S. economic recovery in a new Monmouth University poll, many Americans do not believe the economic boom is due to his policies.

22 percent say Biden deserves a lot of credit for the economy, while 26 percent said he deserves some credit. Fourteen percent say he doesn't deserve much credit, and 36 percent of respondents say Biden deserves no credit at all for the state of the economy.

The answers were split along party lines. Nine in 10 Democratic respondents gave Biden some credit for the economy, while only 1 in 10 Republicans did the same.

Among middle-class families, 16 percent say Biden's policies have benefited them greatly, while 33 percent say they have helped them little. 45 percent say they received no benefit at all, and 7 percent are unsure.

Compared to an October 2023 survey, more middle-class families say Biden's actions have helped them a lot, but more respondents also say they have not benefited at all. The poll found that “there has been some improvement” for Biden in middle-class opinion, but more people believe wealthier families have benefited the most under Biden.

While the poll shows stark partisan differences, Monmouth noted that opinions among Democrats and Republicans also aligned with those of the Trump and Obama administrations.

“When it comes to making a connection between the national economy and Americans' own well-being, Biden is doing about as well as Obama did with his fellow Democrats and similarly as Trump did with Republicans,” said Patrick Murray, director of the Monmouth That said it in a statement from the university's polling institute.

“The problem for Biden is that he is doing significantly worse among independents than his two predecessors.”

According to the poll, 61 percent of Democrats say they benefit from economic growth during Biden's term, but only 27 percent of independents and 14 percent of Republicans said the same.

With Biden and former President Trump likely to be their respective parties' candidates in the upcoming election, they are struggling to win the support of the critical and growing base of independent voters.

The survey was conducted February 8-12 among 902 adults. The survey has a margin of error of 4.1 percentage points.

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