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More than two-thirds of Americans in poll say economy is ‘bad’

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
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More than two-thirds of Americans in a new poll say the economy is “bad,” as inflation has hit a four-decade high in the United States.

The CBS/YouGov survey, conducted May 18-20, shows 69 percent of Americans refer to the economy as “bad,” up from about 46 percent in the spring.

The poll also shows about 60 percent of Americans agree that the state of the country is “uneasy,” as well as “worrying” and “frustrating.”

The administration of US President Joe Biden has been censured for the economic woes, which is likely to harm Democrats in the November midterm elections.

Inflation reached a 40-year high two months ago and has remained near those levels. Meanwhile, gas prices continue to climb across the US.

Republicans have slammed the Biden administration for failing to contain inflation and want to make it a major issue for their campaigns.

However, Democrats vow they are still the best party to contain inflation while also mobilizing voters on other issues like the rise of white supremacy, following a mass shooting in Buffalo that left 10 Black people dead.

Fifty-one percent of people in the new poll agree with the label of “weak” for the Democratic Party, while 49 percent describe Democrats as “extreme.”

Only 30 percent of Americans said that Democrats are “in touch” and “effective.”

Some 54 percent of Americans called Republicans “extreme,” according to the poll, while half of all Americans said the Republican Party is “hateful.”

About 46 percent of Americans agree with the wording “strong” for the Republican Party. About 41 percent said they were “weak,” and 37 percent said they were “caring.”

Democrats in the US are staring at a doom and gloom situation ahead of midterm elections as President Joe Biden continues to lose his support base.

Other recent opinion polls have depicted a gloomy landscape for Democrats as they gear up for the 2022 midterm elections.

A recent USA TODAY/Suffolk University Poll found that Republicans maintain a clear lead on the congressional ballot over Democrats as Biden's approval rating plunges to a new low of 38 percent.

Nearly two-thirds of Americans, 64 percent, say they do not want Biden to run for a second term in 2024, including a troubling 28 percent of Democrats.

Biden has proven a disappointment for many who voted him into office last year, with 16 percent of those surveyed saying he has done a worse job as president than they expected. Overall, 46 percent of Americans hold that view.

More worrying for Biden, another new survey by the Emerson College has found that Trump would beat the incumbent by two points – 45 to 43 percent - if the election was held today.


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