Poll: 61 Percent of Voters Say US Has ‘Pretty Seriously Gotten off Track’

Poll: 61 Percent of Voters Say US Has 'Pretty Seriously Gotten off Track' Poll: 61 Percent of Voters Say US Has 'Pretty Seriously Gotten off Track' (Dreamstime)

By Solange Reyner | Wednesday, 01 September 2021 05:31 PM

Sixty-one percent of registered voters believe things in the U.S. have “pretty seriously gotten off on the wrong track,” with just 39 percent saying the country is moving in the “right direction,” according to a Politico-Morning Consult poll released Wednesday.

Additionally, just 47 percent approve of President Joe Biden’s job performance compared to 49 percent who disapprove.

On the U.S. withdrawing from Afghanistan, 47 percent said they “strongly disapprove” of Biden’s handling of the situation while just 12 percent said they “strongly approve.”

Fifty percent say they either “strongly support” or “somewhat support” Biden’s move, while 41 percent expressed some opposition to his decision.

The poll also found:

  • 32 percent say economic issues, like taxes, wages, jobs, unemployment, and spending is the top issue on their mind when they cast their vote for federal offices, followed by security issues (26 percent), seniors issues (13 percent) and health care issues (12 percent)
  • 49 percent either “somewhat disapprove” or “strongly disapprove” of how Biden is handling the economy, while 44 percent either “strongly approve” or “somewhat approve.”
  • 55 percent either “somewhat disapprove” or “strongly disapprove” of how Biden is handling immigration, compared with 36 percent who either “strongly approve” or “somewhat approve.”
  • 68 percent think Americans should continue to socially distance for as long as needed to curb the spread of COVID-19 even if it means damage to the economy

The poll, conducted August 28-30, surveyed 1,997 registered voters. It has a margin of error of +/- 2 percentage points.