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An Afghan girl looks on as she begs for alms. Photo: Wakil Kohsar/AFP/Getty Images

The percentage of Afghans who rated their lives so poorly that they are considered "suffering" shot to a record-high 85%, a new record for the world since Gallup began tracking country-by-country well-being.

Why it matters: The collapse of U.S.-Taliban peace talks and the recent surge in Taliban attacks dispel any expectation that stability is on the horizon for Afghans, and the violence is expected to increase as the country holds a presidential election on Sept. 28.

Details: Gallup's survey reveals that conflict within the country has devastated Afghans' daily lives. They believe their lives will not improve in the next 5 years, and most of the adults interviewed for the survey were 35 years old or younger.

  • 0% of Afghans said they were "thriving," on par with last year — as well as 2013 and 2014.
  • 36% of Afghans surveyed said they smiled or laughed often the previous day, down from 52% in 2016, which is also the lowest figure Gallup has recorded.
  • 52% of Afghans said they experienced worry for much of the previous day, up from 42% in 2016.

The big picture: Afghans have had little opportunity to improve their economic status or rebuild critical infrastructure from lack of physical security, and millions will risk their lives to vote in this month's election.

  • Conflict in the countryside has forced hundreds of thousands of Afghans out of their homes, crowing urban areas with displaced, impoverished people.
  • "It is difficult to foresee the implications that current events may have for the population's wellbeing over the long-term," per Gallup.

Go deeper: Islamic State presence grows in Afghanistan as U.S. mulls withdrawal

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First look: Anita Dunn advises Dems on economy message for '22

Signs from a President Biden event yesterday in Kansas City, Mo. Photo: Chase Castor/Bloomberg via Getty Images

In a midterm preview, top Democratic strategist Anita Dunn advises the party's House and Senate members to frame Republicans "as being against the economic interests of working Americans."

What she's saying: "Explicitly framing Republicans as opposing policies to lower costs does better than simply framing Republicans as the 'party of no,'" Dunn, White House senior adviser until August, writes in the memo.

JPMorgan: "Full global recovery" in 2022

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JPMorgan Chase Global Research says in a forecast to clients: "2022 will be the year of a full global recovery, an end of the global pandemic, and a return to normal conditions we had prior to the COVID-19 outbreak."

The big picture: The bullish report sees "a return of global mobility, and a release of pent-up demand from consumers (e.g. travel, services)."

Inside Trump's hunt for "disloyal" Republicans

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

Donald Trump and his associates are systematically reshaping the Republican Party, working to install hand-picked loyalists across federal and state governments and destroy those he feels have been disloyal, sources close to the former president tell Axios.

Why it matters: If most or all of Trump’s candidates win, he will go into the 2024 election cycle with far more people willing to do his bidding who run the elections in key states.