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Poll: Women in key countries worried about economy but happy with finances

(The Hill) – A majority of women in key swing states are comfortable with their personal finances despite broad concerns about the national economy, a new poll has found, highlighting options the Biden administration and Democrats may still have to sell their agenda in the months leading up to the midterms.

The poll, conducted by Democratic polling firm Impact Research and shared with The Hill, focused solely on women in the swing states of Nevada, New Hampshire, Arizona and Pennsylvania, all of whom President Joe Biden won in 2020 and who each have a Senate race on the ballot in November.

The poll, commissioned by Democratic group American Bridge 21st Century, found that 59 percent of the women surveyed were positive about their finances, although 74 percent were negative about the national economy and 62 percent negative about their local economy.

This sentiment crosses party lines, the poll says. Sixty-three percent of Democratic women feel comfortable about their own finances, as do 60 percent of Republican women in the areas surveyed and 52 percent of independents.

The survey also found that a large number of black and Hispanic women surveyed were positive about their finances. Both major demographic groups, the Democrats, have worried about losing support on certain inflation-related issues.

“There’s no question that Democrats will face headwinds in November, but the gap between our target voters’ perception of the national economy and their satisfaction with their personal financial security presents an important opportunity for Democrats to improve their standing.” , it says in the election memo . “Democrats should laser focus their efforts to tie the economic achievements of the Biden administration to these voters’ positive perceptions of their own financial health.”

The poll polled 600 likely-registered female voters in Arizona, Georgia, Pennsylvania, and Nevada in major cities in each of those states: Phoenix, Atlanta, Philadelphia, and Las Vegas, respectively. The margin of error is 4 percentage points.

Watch: What to Expect at Biden’s First State of the Union

Biden is set to deliver his State of the Union address on Tuesday at a time when he is grappling with multiple crises. Russia has invaded Ukraine, hundreds of people are still dying every day in the US from COVID-19, and inflation remains a major problem that could only worsen with the fallout from conflict in Europe.

The president and top government officials will fan out across the country in the days following the State of the Union to promote the Democrats’ agenda, with a focus on passing bipartisan infrastructure legislation and efforts to cut costs to families. Biden will be in Wisconsin, Vice President Harris will travel to North Carolina, and First Lady Jill Biden will be heading west for a series of stopovers.

“Democrats need to focus on talking about our massive economic gains during President Biden’s first year in office,” former Obama Administration Secretary of Labor Tom Perez said in a statement. “President Biden took office with massive challenges brought on by the pandemic. But thanks to the responsible leadership of the Biden administration, we are on track for the fastest and strongest recovery we have ever seen.”

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