Your Vote: Economic worries are on voters’ minds as Election Day nears

Money is standing out in this election as voters have felt the burden of inflation. Will the economy influence this Midterm Election?
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As Election Day approaches, the economy is a leading concern for voters across the nation. 

Recent polls show that inflation, an unstable stock market and a looming recession are now playing a role in the direction voters are leaning, giving Republicans an edge among independent voters.  

But can politicians on the 2022 ballot actually impact the economy if elected? Can they bring down prices at the grocery store or the gas pump? MPR News host Angela Davis talks about how the economic conditions historically influence elections, how inflation might influence votes this year and what impact politicians actually have on prices, jobs, wages and more. 


  • Jessica Washington is a senior reporter for The Root covering race and gender justice.

  • David Schultz is a professor of political science, legal studies and environmental studies at Hamline University and a law professor at the University of Minnesota. 

  • Chris Farrell is senior economics contributor at Marketplace, American Public Media's nationally syndicated public radio business and economic programs. He’s also a senior economics contributor at MPR News.

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