A year or so before Putin attacked Ukraine, prices began to climb rapidly. This trend coincided, not by chance, with the beginning of the Biden administration and the unification of Democratic rule in Washington. The Biden administration is denying this truth and asserting that the war is to blame for the inflation.

Public opinion polling indicates that the president has handled the economy poorly and that his go-to justifications have mostly been rejected.

64 percent of respondents thought Biden was “responsible,” with either “very responsible” (38 percent) or “somewhat responsible” as their second choice (26 percent ). Only 25% responded “not responsible,” with 17% answering “not very responsible” and a far smaller 8% stating “not at all responsible.” 10% responded “not sure.” The biggest surprise, though, is that Democrats have given up on Biden’s economic management, with 53 percent blaming his policies for inflation and 39 percent believing they weren’t to blame. In fact, only one major demographic group tracked by the I&I/TIPP Poll had a response rate below 50% overall: self-described “liberals.” All other groups, including blacks (61%) and Hispanics (61%) as well as men (68%) and women (61%) and every income, age, and education group, all agreed that Biden’s policies were to blame for the current inflation mess.

In fact, Larry Summers, a former adviser to Obama on economic matters, said: “My best guess is that a recession is ahead.”

Even though the House Jan. 6 committee has spent the past week connecting Trump to what it called a “seditious conspiracy” to thwart the 2020 election and laying the groundwork for potential criminal prosecution, the survey of 1,541 U.S. adults, conducted from June 10 to 13, found that more registered voters say they would cast ballots for Donald Trump (44 percent) than for Joe Biden (42 percent) if another presidential election were held today. Just 28% of independents say they would choose Biden over Trump, and 64% of them have a negative impression of the vice president.