As holiday season begins, majority blames Biden and Congress for supply chain issues

As people prepare for the start of the holiday season, a poll released the day before Thanksgiving found that majorities of voters blame President Joe Biden and Congress for supply chain issues.

A Wednesday poll by Morning Consult and Politico found that 62% blame Biden for the supply chain problem, and almost as many, 61%, blame Congress.

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Still more blame large corporations at 63% and China at 64%. Nearly three-quarters of voters blame supply chain issues on worker shortages, while 79% blame the COVID-19 pandemic.

Asked to specify Biden's level of responsibility, 38% called the president very responsible, and 24% said he is somewhat responsible. Fifteen percent said the president bears little responsibility, while 12% said he bears none.

Supply chain bottlenecks, largely tied to a worker shortage and an increase in consumer demand, persist two years into the pandemic. A shortage in materials like glass can lead to a shortage in alcohol, or a shortage in plastic can lead to fewer toys on shelves, for example.

Fewer items creates a rise in prices, leading to inflation, a factor in Biden's sinking poll numbers, as voters blame him for the issues.

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Biden has billed his infrastructure legislation, as well as a sweeping social spending bill recently approved by the House, as steps toward reducing inflation. But some, including Sen. Joe Manchin, a West Virginia Democrat whose support of the spending bill would be necessary for its passage in the Senate, have raised concerns that the spending bill would contribute to rather than reduce inflation.

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