According to a new poll from NBC News, a “clear majority” of Americans is not happy with the direction in which the country is headed.
The outlet conducted the poll between Aug. 12 and 16, surveying 1,000 registered voters. One of the questions that the pollster asked was whether they think that “all in all” America is “generally headed in the right direction.”
Only 21% said that it is. The overwhelming majority of participants — 74% — said that the county is “off on the wrong track.”
NBC’s Check Todd explained the significance of this, saying, “in fact, this number, never before in this poll has this wrong track number been over 70% for this long. It’s been nearly a year now.”
It gets worse
Another important finding that the pollster made is that the majority of participants — 58% — expressed their opinion that America’s best years are behind it. That’s a record, and it’s compared to only 35% who opined that the country’s best years are still to come.
That being said, participants were split on whether things will be better or worse five years from now, with an additional 21% expressing uncertainty about the future.
Regarding the present, the majority — 55% — said that they disapprove of the job that Biden is doing as president. Only 42% responded to the contrary. Also, a clear plurality — 39% — indicated that they have a “very negative” view of Biden, whereas only 20% said that they have a “very positive” view of him.
For that matter, though, the poll found that participants weren’t particularly happy about either the Democrats or the Republicans. Republicans, however, do continue to hold a slight lead — 47% to 45% — on the generic ballot for the midterm elections.
More bad news for Biden
What cannot be overlooked is the timing of this poll: Aug. 12 to Aug. 16.
This means that the poll was conducted after Biden and the Democrats’ recent successes, including the passage of the s0-called “Inflation Reduction Act.”
Given this, one would expect a sizable bump in the polls for Biden and the Democrats. While there may be a little bit of that happening, it’s certainly not happening to the extent that the Democrats would have wanted, especially not for President Biden.
Biden simply remains as unpopular as ever.