Poll: 72% of Americans think U.S. moving in "wrong direction"
Significant majorities of Americans believe the country is headed in the wrong direction and that American democracy is in danger, according to a new poll from NBC News.
Why it matters: Having recently completed his first year in office, President Biden is facing a difficult reality of an ongoing pandemic, a stalled agenda and the low polling numbers that result.
The big picture: 72% of Americans polled believe the country is headed in the "wrong direction."
- 60% of Americans believe that their family income is falling behind the cost of living, according to the poll. Only 30% felt they're keeping up and 7% felt that their incomes are increasing faster than the cost of living.
- 70% of respondents said that the nation cannot come together and that its partisan divisions will continue to grow.
- 76% of Americans polled said they felt that American democracy is under threat.
The bottom line: Asked to describe the state of the country, the most popular responses were "downhill,” “divisive,” “negative,” “struggling,” “lost” and “bad," per NBC News.
Methodology: This poll was conducted Jan. 14-18 by NBC News survey. The margin of error for 1,000 adults is 3.1%.