Nearly three-quarters of voters say America headed in wrong direction: Poll
Nearly three-quarters of voters in the United States believe the country is heading in the “wrong direction,” according to a new poll .
Of the 1,000 registered voters polled from Aug. 12 through 16, 74% said they believe the U.S. is heading in the wrong direction, while 21% said they believe it is heading in the right direction. Over half of the respondents, 58%, also said they feel “more worried that America’s best years may already be behind us,” but 35% said they believe the country’s best days are still coming, according to the poll from NBC News.
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The poll comes as Democrats scored a major legislative victory recently, with the passing of the Inflation Reduction Act . The bill was passed solely by Democrats and sought to reduce the country’s deficit by $300 billion over the next 10 years. Among its provisions, the bill expands health insurance subsidies, increases funding for the Internal Revenue Service, and offers financial incentives to companies that prioritize renewable energy.
Despite the victory, only 42% of voters in NBC’s poll said the legislation was a good idea, compared with 31% who said it was a bad idea, and a quarter that had no opinion at all. Additionally, 36% said the legislation will not make a difference in their lives, while another 35% said it would make things worse for them personally. Just 26% said the new law would be beneficial to them.
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More voters also disapprove of the job President Joe Biden has been doing in running the country, according to Sunday’s polls. Fifty-five percent of voters disapprove of the president’s performance, while 42% approve. Despite Biden’s numbers, Democrats in Congress have seen noteworthy gains ahead of November’s midterm elections.
Democrats had previously been polling behind Republicans, but in a poll from RealClearPolitics, the Democrats took the lead by 1% on Tuesday, though the parties are essentially tied in that average.