The pessimism has grown in all groups: ages, income, education, and political identification.
An ABC News/Ipsos poll found that Americans’ optimism in the country dropped by almost 20 points since May 2:
- 45% are optimistic, 55% are pessimistic
- In late April, 64% had optimism
- The pessimism has grown in all groups: ages, income, education, and political identification.
The survey found 71% of Democrats have maintained optimism, but the number is lower than the 89% in late April.
Independents went down to 38% from 64%. That is a 26 point drop.
The majority of people approve of how President Joe Biden has handled COVID-19. But it’s all downhill from there, including among Democrats:
- Overall, slightly more than a third of Americans approve of the way the president is handling crime (39%), immigration and the situation at the U.S.-Mexico border (37%), and gun violence (37%).
- While most Democrats approve of Biden’s handling of these issues, their approval is more muted compared to COVID-19, the economy, and Afghanistan. For example, 93% of Democrats approve of Biden’s handling of the pandemic, compared to 63% who rate him positively over immigration/the border situation.
- On these three issues, just over one in three independents approve of the job Biden is doing, while he receives positive marks from only around one in ten Republicans.
As I said, 63% of the respondents approve of Biden’s handling of the pandemic. However, that is a nine-point drop since March.
A recent Gallup poll revealed that Biden’s approval rate has dropped to 50% from 56%:
The new rating is from a July 6-21 Gallup poll, which also finds that 45% of U.S. adults disapprove of Biden’s performance and 5% do not have an opinion. It comes at a time when U.S. progress in fighting the coronavirus has stalled, with vaccination rates slowing and case levels now rising. The economic recovery continues, with unemployment declining and stock market values near record highs. But consumers are paying higher prices for gas and other goods. Biden has also struggled to deliver on his promise of greater bipartisanship, although negotiations on an infrastructure bill continue in the Senate.
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