Likely voters say cost of living is most important issue ahead of Election Day, according to poll

CT voters most concerned about inflation, according to poll
Published: Oct. 3, 2022 at 6:06 PM EDT
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MANCHESTER, CT (WFSB) – November’s election is a little more than a month away.

Results of an exclusive WFSB and CT Insider poll reveal the cost of living is an issue that you’re most worried about right now.

Eyewitness News spoke to quite a few people Monday and every single one told us they are worried about the economy.

“The inflation, everything is so expensive right now,” said Lydia Kowalczyk, of Vernon.

Kowalczyk said she has a lot to worry about these days. Things are expensive and she just lost her job.

The concerns felt on Main Street in Manchester are ones shared by many Americans.

“We see inflation going up year after year, in the last six months to a year it’s huge. Wages are not going up, my personal situation it’s been 15 years I haven’t had a raise,” said Bruce Baldwin, of Manchester.

It’s a big political year, and inflation is the most important issue for likely voters when choosing the next governor.

In an exclusive WFSB - CT Insider poll done by Western New England University’s Polling Institute, 24-percent say inflation, cost of living and the economy are number one.

The second most important issue is taxes and government spending.

When likely voters were asked if they feel Connecticut’s economy is better or worse over the past 12 months - a very strong majority, 52-percent, say it’s gotten worse. 28-percent feel it’s the same, and 17-percent say the economy is better.

Likely voters were also asked about their own situations, like how they feel about their own finances. A strong majority, 43-percent, say it’s worse than it was 12 months ago. 41-percent say it’s the same and 15-percent feel it’s better.

“Every day I struggle to buy my groceries, the prices have gone up so much,” said Olivia Wertz, of Manchester.

While crime isn’t at the top of the list, it’s still an important issue. Last week the annual crime stats showed a 30 percent drop over the past 10 years in violent and property crimes.

Stats also show that rape is up and Hartford is on track to have more homicides this year than in the past two decades.

“I am not really worried that much in Manchester but definitely in Hartford since they don’t seem to be putting up enough money on what’s goin on there,” says Wertz.

43-percent feel crime has increased over the past four years. 45-percent feel it’s about the same and only 7-percent say it’s decreased.

Voters focused on inflation ahead of Election Day