Argyle-Leger Confidence Report: Inflation is Americans’ Top 2022 Concern

January 31, 2022

The second edition of the Argyle-Leger confidence report reveals that Americans’ top 2022 concern is inflation.

The Argyle-Leger confidence report explores Americans’ attitudes and behaviours related to their confidence in information, institutions, leaders and sources of authority. A total of 1,005 Americans were surveyed between January 1 and 2, 2022.


  • Americans’ top concerns for 2022 include inflation (66%), COVID-19 (53%), supply chain issues (38%) and too much government spending (31%).
  • 37% are pessimistic about the economy. This figure rises to 44% in the Midwest, and 53% among Americans over age 65.
  • 47% of Americans are pessimistic about how inflation will impact them in 2022.
  • 35% of Americans expect to receive a raise in 2022.
  • More than 45% of Americans who are currently employed are “open to new opportunities” in 2022.

“While there are many reasons for public pessimism as 2022 begins, it’s eye-opening to see inflation dwarf the pandemic as a top concern,” said Argyle CEO Daniel Tisch. “The fact that COVID is now a secondary economic issue is a critical sea change – one that must transform the way business and government leaders communicate with their public and stakeholders.” 

“While there is widespread concern about inflation and America’s economic outlook, the reasons for that concern differ greatly by age, socioeconomic status and geography,” Simon Jaworski, EVP of Leger USA said. “The fear of inflation is crystal clear, but the underlying economic concerns are more nuanced. How you feel depends a lot on who you are.”  


About the Argyle-Leger Confidence Report

The Argyle-Leger Confidence Report is the second in a series that examines Americans’ attitudes and behaviors on issues related to their confidence in information, institutions, leaders, and sources of authority. This survey involved approximately n=1,005 American adults, completed between January 1st – 2nd 2022, using Leger’s online panel. A probability sample of 1,000 respondents would have a margin of error of +/-2.6%, 9 times out of 10.

About Argyle

For more than 40 years, Argyle has been chosen by the world’s biggest brands, put big ideas onto the public agenda, and grown to become one of North America’s most acclaimed reputation, communications and public engagement firms. Argyle’s clients span many sectors, including finance, technology, healthcare, food and beverage, hospitality, professional services, infrastructure, government, non-profits and many more. Argyle has more than 130 full-time employees in Washington, D.C., Chicago, Toronto, Vancouver, Winnipeg, Edmonton, Calgary, Victoria and Ottawa, with affiliates in Montreal and Quebec City, and in more than 40 countries around the world.

About Leger

Leger is one of North America’s largest independent full-service research firms, with over 600 employees in Montreal, Quebec City, Toronto, Winnipeg, Edmonton, Calgary, and Vancouver in Canada, and Philadelphia in the United States. The LEO (Leger Opinion) panel is the largest Canadian panel with over 400,000 representative panelists from all regions of Canada. LEO was created by Leger based on a representative Canadian sample of Canadian citizens with Internet access. 

Poll aggregator gave Leger the highest rating among all polling firms in Canada for the accuracy of its studies. See

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