Pained by Rising Food Prices

We’re accustomed to polls in which Americans say they’re suffering due to rising gas prices. Now, rises in food prices are eliciting similar reactions.

In a USA Today/Gallup survey, 64 percent of consumers with household income under $30,000 said recent food-price increases have caused them “financial hardship.” So did 50 percent of those in the $30,000-74,999 bracket and 28 percent of those making $75,000-plus.

The proportions of respondents reporting “severe” hardship due to food-price increases are smaller but still sizable: 19 percent of the under-$30,000s, 10 percent of the $30,000-74,999s and 3 percent of those in the $75,000-plus bracket.