Americans’ optimism about country’s direction drops: Poll

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This marked a nearly 20-point decline in optimism from late April, the last time this question was asked…reports Asian Lite News

Americans’ optimism about the direction of the country has dropped nearly 20 points, according to a latest news poll.

The ABC News/Ipsos poll revealed that currently 45 per cent of those surveyed are optimistic about where the country is headed over the next year, while 55 per cent are pessimistic.

This marked a nearly 20-point decline in optimism from late April, the last time this question was asked.

At that time, 64 per cent were optimistic about the year ahead.

This growing pessimism is happening across all age groups, income levels, educational attainment, and partisan affiliation, the survey showed.

The decline is also occurring across the board among Democrats, Republicans, and independents, according to the poll.

Optimism is down about 20 points among Democrats and Republicans and down 26 points among independents.

Among Democrats, about seven in 10 (71 per cent) now say they are optimistic about the direction of the country over the next 12 months.

This figure much lower than the near universal (93 per cent) approval from Democrats on President Joe Biden’s handling of the Covid-19 pandemic.

This poll was conducted on July 23-24 based on a nationally representative probability sample of 527 general population adults aged 18 or older.

With regards to the Delta variant of the coronavirus sweeping through the nation, mainly among unvaccinated Americans, about 6 in 10 also indicated they are concerned, with 20 percent saying they are “very” and 42 percent saying they are “somewhat” concerned that they or someone they know will become infected.

Biden has spent the last several days pleading with unvaccinated Americans to receive a shot, and called out bad actors on the internet who are pushing false or misleading claims about vaccines.

The ABC News/Ipsos poll was conducted from July 23-24, among 527 adults. It has a margin of error of 5.0 percentage points.

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