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January 27, 2022

 New Survey Finds 66% of Swing State Voters Negatively Impacted by Higher Prices; 63% Say Now is Not the Time for New Spending Bills that Could Make Inflation Worse  

Overwhelming 72% of West Virginians support Senator Manchin’s decision to suspend negotiations on Build Back Better

WASHINGTON, DC—The National Association of Wholesaler-Distributors (NAW), a founding member of America’s Job Creators for a Strong Recovery – a coalition opposed to President Biden’s tax increases – released a new survey today clearly showing that Americans living in key swing states have been negatively impacted by higher prices at places like the gas pump and the grocery store. A majority of voters in Arizona, West Virginia, New Hampshire, Nevada, Colorado, and Montana believe the Build Back Better Act will make inflation worse and want Congress to avoid taking actions that will increase inflation even further.

Additionally, an astounding 72% of West Virginians support Senator Manchin’s move last month to suspend negotiations on the Build Back Better Act.

“It’s clear: Americans are feeling the pressure of inflation, and they want Congress to focus on relief – not massive new spending bills that could make inflation worse and stall our economic recovery,” NAW CEO Eric Hoplin said. “And a majority of voters in six swing states believe that President Biden’s Build Back Better Act – which includes huge new tax hikes on American job creators and their workers – will only exacerbate these higher prices. Voters all across this country are making their voices heard, and it’s time for Washington politicians to listen.”

The survey results and its key findings memo may be found here.

Inflation is top of mind

Voters are concerned about inflation, with an average of 66% reporting that higher prices have negatively impacted their personal finances. 59% of all voters disagree that their personal financial situations are improving, with 45% strongly disagreeing.

Congress should avoid bills that will only worsen inflation

57% of voters believe that the Build Back Better Act will make inflation worse, and 63% want Congress to avoid taking actions that would increase inflation even further.

In West Virginia, an overwhelming 72% of voters support Senator Manchin’s decision to suspend negotiations on the Build Back Better Act last month, with 66% strongly supporting the move. Additionally, 82% of West Virginians agree with Senator Manchin’s position that any new social spending programs should be targeted to low income and middle-class families.

Now is not the time to put jobs or our economic recovery at risk

Voters are concerned with the effect that higher taxes, as proposed in President Biden’s Build Back Better Act, would have on U.S. businesses and their ability to compete internationally. 54% of voters agree that requiring American companies to pay more in taxes than international competitors would hurt job and economic growth in their state.

In Arizona, that number jumps to 56% two points higher than the average taken across six swing states.

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