Nearly 70% of Americans think things are bad in US: poll


Almost 70% of Americans are pessimistic about the current state of the country amid increasing worry over the COVID-19 pandemic, rising crime and the economy, according to a new poll.

About 69 percent of Americans say things are currently going badly in the US, according to a CNN poll released Friday.

That number is up from the 60 percent who reported feeling the same way back when the outlet conducted a poll in March.

Views regarding the state of the economy have also worsened, with 62 percent of Americans believing it is in poor shape, compared to 54 percent in April.

And about 57 percent say they are worried about rising crime in their communities.

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The poll shows that confidence in President Biden’s handling of the COVID-19 pandemic has slipped 10 points.
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Police investigate a crime scene where three people were shot at the Wentworth Gardens housing complex in the Bridgeport neighborhood in Chicago, Illinois.
Police investigate a crime scene where three people were shot at the Wentworth Gardens housing complex in the Bridgeport neighborhood in Chicago, Illinois.
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The poll also shows that confidence in President Biden’s handling of the COVID-19 pandemic has slipped a staggering 10 points.

About 56 percent of Americans now approve of how Biden is handling the pandemic, compared to 66 percent back in April.

Biden’s overall approval rating also dropped. Only 52 percent of respondents gave him a thumbs up compared to 48 percent who disapprove — a jump of five points in his negative rating since April.

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Confidence in President Biden is faltering among the public, according to polling.
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The survey was conducted throughout August and early September — amid rising COVID-19 cases and mounting criticism over the Biden-ordered chaotic US military withdrawal from Afghanistan, which triggered a speedy takeover of the country by the Taliban. Biden’s popularity dipped five points during the later interviews.

The growing grumpiness about the direction of the US and the economy cut across party lines. But the jump in Biden’s disapproval largely came from self-described  independents — key swing voters in presidential elections. 

The number of indies that soured on Biden’s job performance jumped from 43 percent in April to 54 percent now, the poll found.

The Taliban now controls Afghanistan after the departure of US troops.
The Taliban now controls Afghanistan after the departure of US troops.
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The partisan divide in America is deep. It’s as if Democrats and Republicans live in separate countries, if their priorities are any indication.

About eight in 10 Democrats say combatting racism, addressing gun violence, tackling climate change and expanding voting access are top issues, while fewer than 3 in 10 Republicans said so.

Instead, 84 percent of Republicans consider stopping illegal immigration as a pressing issue, compared to just 22 percent of Democrats.

The poll was conducted between Aug. 3 and Sept. 7 as COVID-19 cases continued to surge and amid the withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan.

The results are from a random national sample of 2,119 adults and interviews were conducted online or via telephone.

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