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NBC News Poll – NBC New York

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More voters trust Donald Trump than President Joe Biden to deal with inflation and the cost of living, their top concerns for the U.S., according to the latest NBC News poll.

The survey of 1,000 registered voters nationwide found that 52% of respondents said Trump could do a better job of tackling inflation and the cost of living, while 30% said the same about Biden.

The survey was conducted from April 12 to 16, just days after the release of another warmer-than-expected inflation report, showing consumer prices are gradually rising again. Trump attacked Biden’s economic policies immediately after the data was released.

With consumer prices rising again, the Biden administration has kept its message on inflation the same and focused more on other aspects of the economy: jobs, rates and taxes.

Biden’s strong focus on these issues was evident as he made the rounds in the key battleground state of Pennsylvania last week.

Speaking in Pittsburgh on Wednesday, Biden announced he would support tripling tariffs on Chinese imports of steel and aluminum, escalating his growing economic hawkishness toward China.

And a day earlier in Scranton, Pennsylvania, Biden focused on the tax code and jobs: “There have only been two presidents in all of American history who left office with fewer jobs than when they came into power: Herbert Hoover and, yes , Donald. ‘Herbert Hoover’ Trump.”

The speeches come after Biden spent months hammering home the argument that corporations are responsible for persistently high prices and persistent inflation, accusing companies of price gouging and “shrink inflation,” the practice of selling fewer goods for the same price.

With consumer prices fluctuating, however, Biden’s recent comments signal an effort to bring other economic issues and data to voters’ attention.

For example, while Trump has lambasted Biden’s economics, the president has doubled down on the claim that the US “has the best economy in the world.” In fact, the U.S. leads advanced economies when it comes to key measures like gross domestic product and unemployment.

But voters are not so easily distracted from their feelings about inflation and the cost of living.

Only 11% of respondents identified “jobs and the economy” as the most critical issues facing the country ahead of the November elections. Meanwhile, 23% of respondents, the largest share, said inflation and the cost of living were their top issues — with a majority saying Trump would fare better.

Overall, the NBC poll found that Biden appears to be closing in on Trump’s lead, mirroring a similar result from a New York Times/Siena College poll earlier this month. The NBC survey showed Trump leading Biden by two points in a head-to-head matchup, down from his five-point lead in January. The poll has a margin of error of +/- 3.10%.

But voters’ rosy memory of the Trump economy was a common thread in early polls and continues to weigh on Biden’s momentum. Despite Biden’s efforts to refocus the conversation on other economic issues, inflation appears to remain an unavoidable barrier to gaining public trust.