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This is the biggest concern for Americans right now, according to a new survey

Inflation has become the top concern for Americans.

Inflation has become the top concern for Americans. Image: Unsplash/engin akyurt

Felix Richter
Data Journalist, Statista
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  • Inflation in the US has reached its highest level in more than 40 years.
  • This has affected the cost of living, causing Americans to become more concerned about it.
  • A survey by Statista reveals that 44% of US adults now think that inflation is the most pressing issue that needs addressing.
  • It has displaced concerns like immigration and social security, which typically top these kinds of lists.

As inflation creeped up to the highest level in more than 40 years in recent months, the issue of rising costs of living has also climbed to the top of Americans’ mind. According to results from Statista’s Global Consumer Survey, 44 percent of U.S. adults now think that inflation is among the most pressing issues that need to be addressed in their country, displacing issues like immigration and social security, which typically top these kinds of lists.

Inflation is America's top concern

According to the latest findings, inflation sits atop the list of Americans’ concerns above health / social security, the economic situation, crime and unemployment. It needs to be noted, however, that the survey was conducted in three waves between April 2021 and March 2022, meaning that the number for inflation is probably lower than it would be if the same question would be asked today, when the issue has become even more pressing.

Over 44% of US adults say that inflation and the cost of living are the most important issues right now.
Over 44% of US adults say that inflation and the cost of living are the most important issues right now. Image: Statista/Statista Global Consumer Survey
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