Americans are unhappy with the nation’s direction under President Joe Biden‘s administration and think the political climate is too polarized to achieve meaningful progress.
The results of a survey conducted by NBC News between January 14 and 18 were released on Sunday, showing that 72 percent of Americans think the United States is headed in the wrong direction.
The poll did not reflect much change from a similar survey taken in October when 71 percent of respondents responded much the same.
Public discontent with the nation’s future climbed above 70 percent only six times throughout the history of NBC’s polling. Each time it generally coincided with an election year or a coming change in Congress.
“In the three instances when this sustained dark outlook coincided with an election year, it foreshadowed bad news for the party in power,” said Jeff Horwitt of Hart Research Associates.
According to the poll, Americans are more pessimistic than ever about the state of democracy, with 76 percent believing that it is under threat. Surprisingly, more than 70 percent of voters from all parties agreed on this matter.
The pollsters found that 47 percent want Democrats to retain their majority, while 46 percent said they preferred giving leadership to Republicans.
Republicans demonstrated a higher interest in the coming election, with 61 percent saying they were interested in the midterm elections. Only 47 percent of democratic voters expressed the same interest.
According to the NBC poll, the most significant reduction in voter enthusiasm comes from black voters, young voters, and residents of urban areas.
The survey determined that 33 percent of Democrats and 34 percent of Republicans had a positive outlook on the US and the current administration’s leadership.
A 70 percent majority of respondents agreed that American politics is so polarized that the federal government can no longer solve significant issues. That same majority expressed concerns that those differences would continue to grow.