71 percent of Americans say U.S. is going in wrong direction: NBC poll

Biden support among Democrats in first presidential primary state drops

President Joe Biden’s approval rating continued to decline as 71 percent of Americans believe the United States is on the wrong track, according to the latest NBC News poll released Sunday.

Americans have ‘lost their confidence’ in Biden

The study found that 42 percent of respondents approved of Biden’s job performance, while 54 percent disapproved. This marks the first time an NBC poll has reported that Biden has underwater approval ratings since his election as president.

Among likely voters, his approval was not quite as low. Still, 52 percent disapproved of his job performance, while 45 percent said they approved of it.

His approval has dropped significantly over the past few NBC News polls. Its August poll found that 49 percent approved of his performance, while 48 percent disapproved. In April, 53 percent approved, while 39 percent disapproved.

A narrow majority of respondents said they still approve of how Biden has handled the COVID-19 pandemic, according to the poll. Fifty-one percent of respondents said they approved of his pandemic management, while 47 percent did not. These numbers are down from April when 69 percent said they approved of how he has managed the crisis.

Only 40 percent approved of how the president is handling the economy, while 57 percent disapproved, according to the poll.

Most Americans believe the U.S. is on the wrong track

“Just 22 percent of adults say we’re headed in the right direction,” Chuck Todd said Sunday on NBC. “A shocking 71 percent say we’re on the wrong track, and that includes a near majority of Democrats who are saying that.”

“Scary news for the Democrats,” he said.

The number of Americans who think the country is on the right track has declined 14% since April and 7% since August.

“When you see a wrong track of 71 percent, it is a flashing red light,” said Bill McInturff of Public Opinion Strategies. “These folks are telling us that this is not going well.”

“Democrats face a country whose opinion of President Biden has turned sharply to the negative since April,” said Jeff Horwitt, a Democratic pollster with Hart Research Associates.

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