Approximately 10 percent of Americans think that the nation is headed in the very best direction– while an unprecedented 88 percent state it is on the wrong trajectory. According to Monmouth University, which carried out the latest poll which was released on July 5th, this marks an all-time low for this question going back to 2013.
The response to this issue has in fact grown significantly unfavorable, with the previous record low recorded in May of this year at 18 percent stating we are moving in the right direction and 79 percent stating we are on the incorrect track.
“Biden’s overall job rating continues to trend downward. Currently, just 36% approve of the job he is doing while 58% disapprove. It has now been a year since Biden held a net positive rating (48% approve and 44% disapprove in July 2021),” the pollsters reported.
The survey also discovered that only 15 percent of Americans approve of the job Congress is doing.
“The state of the economy has Americans in a foul mood. They are not happy with Washington. However, that has not changed the overall picture of whom they want in control of Congress. The question is who actually shows up to vote in the fall,” said Patrick Murray, director of the independent Monmouth University Polling Institute.
Monmouth in addition reported that “more than 4 in 10 Americans (42%) say they are struggling to remain where they are financially. This is the first time since Monmouth started asking the question five years ago that the number topped 3 in 10 – the range in prior polls was 20% to 29%.”
“Just under half (47%) say their current financial situation is basically stable and only 9% say it is improving. The high point for improving was 25% in April 2019. The number of people who say they are struggling has increased by 18 points since last year (from 24% to 42%), with that increase being fairly across the board when examining key demographic groups, including income, race, and partisanship,” the report continued.
Murray stated, “economic concerns tend to rise to the top of the list of family concerns, as you might expect, but the singular impact of inflation is really hitting home right now. And most Americans are blaming Washington for their current pain.”
A 57 percent bulk stated that “the actions of the federal government over the past six months have hurt their family” when it relates to their important problem. The leading 2 problems were inflation (33 percent) or gas rates (15 percent).
The Monmouth University Survey was carried out from June 23 to 27, 2022 with a probability-based nationwide random sample of 978 grown-ups age 18 and older.