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National Economy

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Gallup polls in 1942, 1947, 1974 and 1980 provide insight into how Americans reacted to inflation when the rate was consistently over 10%.

Americans view the Republican Party slightly more favorably than the Democratic Party, yet both parties are rated negatively on balance. The GOP is still seen as better able to handle international threats and ensure prosperity.

The Economic Confidence Index rose slightly in September, building on gains seen in August. But the index is still highly negative ahead of the midterms.

Twenty-one percent of Americans are satisfied with the way things are going in the U.S., up from 17% in August and 13% in July.

Fifty-six percent of Americans say rising prices are causing their household financial hardship, up from 49% in January.

Americans' confidence in the economy improved significantly in August, though it still is on the lower end of what Gallup has measured over the past 10 years.

After hitting a new low in July, President Joe Biden's job approval rating is up six points to 44%, mostly because of independents' higher approval.

More Americans than just two months ago are experiencing financial hardship from rising gas prices. Meanwhile, their view of the economy keeps worsening.

Inflation has become Americans' top concern, both nationally and in terms of their personal financial situation. What they want to do about it is less clear.

Americans' already-low economic confidence fell further in May.

More than seven in 10 Americans rate the U.S. job market positively, and U.S. workers largely feel secure in their jobs.

Americans are worrying more than they did a year ago about paying their bills and maintaining their standard of living, among increases in financial worries. Low-income adults are affected far more than others.

Americans' confidence in the economy remains negative, and mentions of inflation as the top problem are holding at their highest point since 1984.

Americans increasingly see inflation as a major problem facing the country, and a solid majority worry a great deal about it.

President Joe Biden's job approval rating is a steady 42%, but his handling of the pandemic (53%) and the situation with Russia (42%) has each risen six points since last month.

Sixty-one percent of U.S. adults see foreign trade as an opportunity for economic growth, the lowest since 2016 before a surge during the Donald Trump presidency.

While 16% of Americans say the U.S. is No. 1 in the world economically, they are much more likely to view it as the No. 1 military power.

The American public is not feeling positively about the state of the union, with the vast majority saying they are dissatisfied with the direction the country is going in and 70% saying the economy is getting worse.

Seventy-nine percent of U.S. adults expect inflation to go up over the next six months, including 50% who say it will go up a lot.

More Americans than in 2020 are donating money to charities, with the percentage doing so close to pre-pandemic levels. Fewer are volunteering than before the pandemic.