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WASHINGTON (AP) — An overwhelming and growing majority of Americans say the United States is headed in the wrong direction, including nearly 8 in 10 Democrats, according to a new poll that reveals deep pessimism about the afflicting economy. President Joe Biden.

According to a new Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research survey, 85% of American adults say the country is on the wrong track and 79% describe the economy as bad. The results suggest Biden faces fundamental challenges as he tries to motivate voters to vote for the Democrats in November’s midterm elections.

Inflation has consistently eclipsed the healthy 3.6% unemployment rate as a focal point for Americans, who face high gas and food prices. Even among Democrats, 67% rate economic conditions as bad.

“He’s doing the best he can – I can’t say he’s doing a good job,” said Chuck McClain, 74. “But his opposition is so bad. I just don’t feel like the Democratic Congress is doing enough.

The Las Vegas resident is a staunch Democrat who said he wasn’t missing an election, but he said the price of gas and groceries, Russia’s war in Ukraine and deep divisions the country’s policies have led more Americans to feel as if Washington is not meeting their needs.

“My wife and I are very frustrated with the direction the country is going, and we don’t have much hope that the political situation will improve,” he added. he said.

The poll shows just 39% of Americans approve of Biden’s leadership overall, while 60% disapprove. His approval ratings fell to their lowest point of his presidency last month and remain at that level. The Democratic president is even harder hit by the economy, with 69% saying they disapprove of him on the issue. Among Democrats, 43% disapprove of Biden’s handling of the economy.

Only 14% say things are going in the right direction, down from 21% in May and 29% in April. In the first half of 2021, about half of Americans said the country was moving in the right direction, a number that has steadily eroded over the past year.

Dorothy Vaudo, 66, said she voted for Biden in 2020 but plans to switch allegiance this year.

“I am a Democrat so I had to vote Democrat, but that will change” said the Martin County, North Carolina resident.

In recent weeks, Americans have suffered even more bad economic news, with inflation continuing to rise, interest rates rising dramatically and the S&P 500 entering a bear market as many serious economists predict a recession. . Still, consumer spending has largely kept pace and hiring remains buoyant, a sign that families and businesses have been able to weather some of the economic downturn.

In an interview this month with the AP, Biden attributed his declining popularity to increases in gasoline prices that began a year ago. He said prices rose further with Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in February. But he dismissed claims by Republican lawmakers and some major economists that his $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief package last year contributed to inflation, noting that price hikes were a global phenomenon.

“We are in a stronger position than any nation in the world to overcome this inflation,” Biden said. “If it’s my fault, why is it the case in all the other major industrialized countries in the world that inflation is higher?”

Douglass Gavilan, 26 in Miami, is worried about the “to skyrocket” the prices and rents he sees in his community. Housing costs are about one-third of the consumer price index in the United States, so rising rents and home values ​​have begun to strain the budgets of even many people living where it lives. there are strong employment opportunities.

“I don’t even know if I will be able to live here in a few years,” said Gavilan. “I definitely don’t feel confident in the economy.”

Although he doesn’t identify with a political party, Gavilan voted for Biden in 2020. He doesn’t think Biden has offered anything to make a meaningful difference in his life, but he does think the president is in a difficult situation.

“He can’t do much without everyone blaming him for everything,” said Gavilan.

The poll was conducted from Thursday to Monday, with many interviews conducted after the Supreme Court on Friday struck down Roe v. Wade and allowed states to ban abortion — a decision opposed by a majority of the American people in previous polls, which also may have contributed to the continued slump in the national mood.

National discontent is bipartisan, the poll shows. Ninety-two percent of Republicans and 78% of Democrats say the country is headed in the wrong direction. Since last month, the percentage of Democrats saying the country is heading in the wrong direction has risen from 66%.

Biden’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic remains a relative bright spot, with 53% of Americans saying they approve of his handling of the issue. On the other hand, only 36% say they approve of Biden’s handling of gun policy; 62% disapprove.

But the economy is what looms over many Americans as their top priority.

Curtis Musser, 57, a chemistry professor in Clermont, Fla., said he expects a recession to approach, although he thinks it will be mild.

Musser said many Americans simply feel at the mercy of events beyond their control, whether it’s the pandemic, rate hikes by the Federal Reserve, war in Europe or political hostilities in the United States. United States.

“As an individual, I feel a little helpless,” he said. “I don’t have control of the markets, and you can’t really guess what the markets are going to do because you don’t know what the Fed is going to do. You don’t know what Congress is going to do. don’t know what Vladimir Putin is going to do.


The poll of 1,053 adults was conducted June 23-27 using a sample drawn from NORC’s probability-based AmeriSpeak panel, which is designed to be representative of the U.S. population. The margin of sampling error for all respondents is plus or minus 4 percentage points.


AP writer Hannah Fingerhut contributed to this report.

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