That’s according to the latest Fox News survey issued Wednesday.
Almost half, 47 percent, maintain the message they would like to give the federal government is "leave me alone," up from 36 percent a year ago. On the other hand, 44 percent announced they would tell the government "lend me a hand." That’s down significantly from 57 percent who felt that way last August.
That shift arrives almost fully from Republicans. A year ago, they were more likely to ask the government to "leave me alone" than "lend a hand" by a slim 3-point margin (48-45 percent). Now, Republicans are firmly in the back-off camp by 56 points (75-19 percent). Some 69 percent of Democrats would tell the government "lend me a hand." It was 71 percent in 2020.
Furthermore, the overall number looking for the government to leave them alone is falling from the 55 percent who felt that way before the pandemic (February 2019) and well off the 59 percent high established in August 2014.
While many voters (53 percent) state increases in housing costs are a financial hardship for their families, the problem is more widespread when it comes to higher prices for groceries (70 percent) and gas (67 percent).
Roughly three-quarters of those with income under $50,000 say both grocery and gas prices are creating them financial difficulty -- and just more than half of those at the $100,000 or more income level say the same is accurate for them too.
"The degree to which lower-income households are feeling the squeeze on food and fuel is striking, if not surprising, and highlights the risk that inflation could push families on the brink over the financial edge," states Democratic pollster Chris Anderson, who conducts the Fox News Poll with Republican counterpart Daron Shaw.
When questioned regarding their personal finances, 53 percent of voters rate them positively (excellent or good), including approximately the same number of Democrats (57 percent) and Republicans (52 percent).
It’s a different story when it comes to the national economy, where partisanship takes hold: almost three times as many Democrats (43 percent) as Republicans (15 percent) give the economy positive ratings.
Overall, 29 percent say the economy is in excellent or good shape. That’s unchanged from 29 percent in April, but down from 38 percent last September. A 71 percent majority gives the economy negative marks (only fair or poor).