• July 25, 2021

Most Americans view the future negatively, pessimism skyrockets since May: poll

Most Americans say they feel pessimistic about the future of the country for the next 12 months, according to a new survey.

In the ABC News / Ipsos poll, 55% of respondents had a negative opinion of the country’s leadership, an increase of nearly 20 percentage points since May. About 45% of those surveyed said they are optimistic about the future.

When asked the same question in May, 36% of Americans were pessimistic and 64% optimistic.

Pessimism spans ideological lines as Americans of all stripes are growing more critical of President Biden.

“The decline in optimism has occurred across the board among Democrats, Republicans and independents,” wrote ABC’s Quinn Scanlan. “Optimism is down about 20 points among Democrats and Republicans and down 26 points among independents.”

The negative opinion in the country coincides with the majority of Americans surveyed disapproving of Biden’s handling of immigration and gun violence, with 61% of Americans having a negative opinion of the president’s handling of each of those issues.

Biden’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic also received his worst rating in the ABC News / Ipsos poll since taking office, with 36 of those surveyed disapproving of his handling of the COVID-19 response. The proportion of Americans who gave Biden bad grades for the coronavirus grew 8% since May.

Similarly, Americans are increasingly uncomfortable with Biden’s handling of the economy. The portion of Americans who disapprove of Biden’s handling of the economic recovery grew eight percentage points from May to 46%.

The ABC News / Ipsos poll respondent 527 adults online on July 23 and 24. The survey was conducted in English and in Spanish it had a margin of error of five percentage points. The May survey was conducted on April 30 and May 1.

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