New poll show majority believe America has ‘seriously gone off on the wrong track’

It’s mourning, rather than morning, in America, if a new poll from the Morning Consult organization is accurate that the country is perceived as headed in the wrong direction.

In a lengthy national tracking survey co-sponsored with the generally liberal Politico website, almost two-thirds of Americans indicated that things in the U.S. have “pretty seriously gotten off on the wrong track.” The same number, 61 percent, disapprove of President Joe Biden’s handling of the Afghanistan crisis.

And 49 percent disapprove of Biden’s overall job performance, while 47 percent approve, which The Hill noted is a “record low.”

Among various other findings, the same percentage (49 percent) disapprove of Biden’s stewardship of the economy as well as his “gun policy,” and 65 percent disapprove of his handling of immigration per se (although the survey question does not specifically allude to the staggering numbers of illegal aliens allowed to pour across the U.S.-Mexico border.)

In general, critics have often questioned pollsters’ methodology, with good reason, in the context of oversampling Democrats for ideological and other reasons.

This particular survey demographic was somewhat more leaning Democrat than Republican (45 percent to 42 percent), with the rest apparently in some other category, but the findings as constituted, and if accurate, don’t necessarily spare the Biden administration from a dismal outlook.

With an acknowledged margin of error of two percent, either way, the data was derived from checking the political temperature of about 2,000 registered voters.

Registered voters, as opposed to, e.g., likely voters, have traditionally been considered a less-valid metric of public opinion, however.

According to Morning Consult, 50 percent either strongly or somewhat supported Biden’s decision to withdraw troops from Afghanistan, but 72 percent indicated that it’s not going too well, or not well at all.

This is perhaps an understatement, given the debacle that is and has been ongoing there, particularly the suicide-bomb murder of 13 heroic U.S. troops, plus the overall botched evacuation.

Included in the study is the 56 percent unfavorability rating for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), while GOP House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy has an unfavorability of 38 percent, along with 15 percent saying that they never even heard of him.

Outside of the Biden apologists on social media and in the corporate media, it may be somewhat of a surprise that the right/wrong direction number — which is often considered a key metric — plus the presidential approval or lack thereof,  aren’t even more stark given various other public policy challenges at play with Democrats in control of the federal government.

This includes out-of-control federal spending, a divisive so-called inclusion agenda and all of what that entails, surging gas prices, violent crime on the rise, censorship, COVID-related mask and vaccine dissension, and persistent questions as to who is actually in charge at the White House

Although Americans are, by nature, optimistic in day-to-day life, these and various other unpleasant issues do nothing to contribute to domestic tranquility as referenced in the preamble to the U.S. Constitution.

Upon taking office in January 2021, the Biden team has worked overtime to reverse many of President Donald Trump’s policies, and the results seem to be in.

Robert Jonathan

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