Skip to main content

Sign up for our newsletter.

Quality journalism. Progressive values. Direct to your inbox.

There are less than 72 hours left in this Mid-Year Campaign and our independent journalism needs your help today.
If you value our work, please support Common Dreams. This is our hour of need.

Join the small group of generous readers who donate, keeping Common Dreams free for millions of people each year. Without your help, we won’t survive.

For Immediate Release

Press Release

New Poll: Strong Majority of Voters Blame Corporations for Inflation, "Taking Advantage of the Pandemic" to Raise Prices


Amid a fierce debate in Washington around inflation, Groundwork Collaborative has released a new poll with Data for Progress showing voters overwhelmingly believe corporations are raising prices unfairly to earn record profits. 

The results, as featured in Bloomberg News today, are backed by growing data and research showing the role of corporate profiteering in recent price hikes. 

“Over and over, corporations are telling us about their corporate profiteering strategies – and the public is taking notice,” said Groundwork’s Executive Director Lindsay Owens. “By wide margins, voters say corporations are raising prices simply because they can – and they want lawmakers to put a stop to it.” 

The poll, which tested voters’ attitudes toward inflation, includes the following key findings:

  • By a 60-32 point margin, voters agree that corporations are taking advantage of the pandemic to raise prices and grow profits — and reject the premise that corporations have “no choice but to raise prices.” 
  • When asked whom they blame more for inflation – corporations or rising wages of workers – voters overwhelmingly blame corporations for increasing prices to profit more – by a 55-point margin.
  • Strong majorities of voters support a number of measures to rein in rising prices, including:
    • Bringing new manufacturing jobs to the U.S.;
    • Cracking down on corporations raising prices unfairly;
    • Investing in clean energy, health care, child care, and long-term care; and
    • Increasing taxes on large corporations and the ultrawealthy.

“This polling makes clear that Americans hold corporations responsible for taking advantage of the pandemic to grow their profits and drive up inflation,” said Ethan Winter, senior analyst at Data for Progress. “Voters want Congress to act to combat rising prices and crackdown on corporations — and it’s time they do so.”

From May 5 to 9, 2022, Data for Progress conducted a survey of 1,146 likely voters nationally. The sample was weighted to be representative of likely voters by age, gender, education, race, and voting history. You can view the full poll results here.


The  Groundwork Collaborative is dedicated to advancing a coherent and persuasive progressive economic worldview and narrative capable of delivering meaningful opportunity and prosperity for everyone. Our work is driven by a core guiding principle: We are the economy. Groundwork Collaborative envisions an economic system that produces strong, broadly shared prosperity and power for all people, not just a wealthy few.

Grave Warnings as Supreme Court Agrees to Hear Case That Threatens 'Future of Voting Rights'

"Buckle up," implores one prominent legal scholar. "An extreme decision here could fundamentally alter the balance of power in setting election rules in the states and provide a path for great threats to elections."

Brett Wilkins ·

Biden Urged to Take Emergency Action After 'Disastrous' Climate Ruling by Supreme Court

"The catastrophic impact of this decision cannot be understated," said Rep. Pramila Jayapal, but "we cannot accept defeat."

Kenny Stancil ·

'Now We're Talking!' Says AOC as Biden Backs Filibuster Carveout for Abortion Rights

"Time for people to see a real, forceful push for it," said the New York Democrat. "Use the bully pulpit. We need more."

Jake Johnson ·

Supreme Court Says Biden Can End 'Shameful' Remain in Mexico Asylum Policy

"Now is the turn for Congress to get rid of Title 42, and provide a solution to the weakened asylum system in place, to provide a humane and fair alternative to vulnerable children, families, and individuals fleeing unsafe conditions and persecution."

Brett Wilkins ·

Democrats Lose Senate Majority as 82-Year-Old Leahy Heads for Hip Surgery

"It could be over for the Senate Dems now," said one policy expert in response. "This could mean they effectively lost their majority."

Jon Queally ·

Common Dreams Logo