Florida - Voters - Economy The poll found that 63% of those surveyed are worried about the economy.
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Poll shows the biggest concerns facing families right now are inflation, gas prices, everyday bills, and groceries prices.

The economy will be driving voters to the polls on Nov. 8, according to a poll by Monmouth University.

The poll found that 63% of those surveyed said the economy is the biggest concern facing their families right now. Specifically, their top priorities are inflation, gas prices, the economy in general, everyday bills, and groceries prices.

In Florida, Republicans have done little to ease the situation.

A few weeks ago all of Florida’s Republican representatives voted against the Lower Food and Fuel Costs Act, which seeks to lower grocery and gas prices for US families. Democrats in Congress passed the bill.

And at a time when gas prices were at record highs, Gov. Ron DeSantis refused to give a tax break on gasoline. Instead, he plans to give that discount in October, closer to the midterm elections.

The governor also has refused to declare a state of emergency to address the housing crisis, as Democrats have urged. In Florida, 40% of middle-income families are struggling to pay rent, according to The National Low Income Housing Coalition, as the rents have jumped by more than 30%.

“You know this has a lot to do with the greed of many corporate developers and landlords but it also has a lot to do with the fact that since 2001 the Republican-led Florida legislature has swept $2.3 billion dollars out of the affordable housing trust fund. Those monies would have been used to actually incentivize the construction of affordable housing,” Rep. Carlos G. Smith (D-49), who has urged DeSantis to take action, told Floricuas.