Pessimism in America has gone mainstream, according to a new NBC News poll.
Between a senile teleprompter president who recently admitted he can't in fact 'shut down' Covid as promised, rampant inflation causing real wages to stagnate, and ongoing division over everything from election integrity to pandemic mandates to what's being taught in schools, Americans have become extremely sour on the future - less than 10 months before midterm elections.
It's so obviously bad that even legacy media mouthpieces aren't carrying water for Biden anymore, and all White House spox Jen Psaki can do is offer mean-girl quips to honest questions.
Jen Psaki snaps at a reporter for asking who from the Administration attended meetings on distributing tests to Americans before Christmas to prevent a winter surge and if Biden was aware.— Benny (@bennyjohnson) January 18, 2022
“How can President Biden shut down the virus if he’s not being briefed on these ideas?” pic.twitter.com/dU4ez08hyo
Jen Psaki: "My advice to everyone out there who's frustrated, sad, angry, pissed off, feel those emotions, go to a kickboxing class, have a margarita..."— Steve Guest (@SteveGuest) January 21, 2022
UNREAL. How is this the "advice" that is now coming from the White House?pic.twitter.com/ENphGJCryZ
"Downhill, divided, doubting democracy, falling behind, and tuning out — this is how Americans are feeling as they're heading into 2022," said Democratic pollster Jeff Horwitt of Hart Research Associates, who conducted the survey with conservative pollster Bill McInturff of Public Opinion Strategies.
The poll has "President Joe Biden's approval ratings remaining in the low 40s, Republicans holding a double-digit edge in enthusiasm and key Democratic groups losing interest in the upcoming election."
On the economy, while job creation is up and the unemployment rate is down, 61 percent of respondents in the poll say their family’s income is falling behind the cost of living.
That’s compared with 30 percent who say they’re staying about even and 7 percent who say their income is going up faster than the cost of living. -NBC News
When it comes to national policies - 70% say America is so polarized that it can no longer solve major issues - and that the division will only continue to grow. 27% on the other hand feel that America always overcomes its differences to solve the greatest challenges. In 2010, 50% of those polled said America 'always comes together,' and 45% said political differences would continue to grow.
"In the three instances when this sustained dark outlook coincided with an election year, it foreshadowed bad news for the party in power — 1992, 2008 and 2016," said Horwitt.
Midterms, Dead Ahead
The timing couldn't be worse for Democrats - who have fewer than 300 days until the November midterm elections. While 47% of those polled by NBC say they prefer a Democratic-controlled congress, one should keep in mind that 47% of those polled voted also voted for Biden, while 44% voted for Trump.
Republicans enjoy a double-digit advance on enthusiasm ahead of November’s elections, with 61 percent of Republicans saying they are very interested in the upcoming midterms — registering their interest either as a 9 or 10 on a 10-point scale — compared with 47 percent of Democrats who say the same.
In previous midterm cycles — whether 2006, 2010, 2014 or 2018 — the party that held a double-digit advantage in enthusiasm ended up making substantial gains.
Additionally, overall enthusiasm for the upcoming midterms is down from 59 percent who indicated a high level of interest in October, to 51 percent in this most recent poll.
And some of the biggest drops have come from key segments of the Democratic base, including Black voters, young voters and urban voters. -NBC News
Meanwhile, a January Gallup poll found a major swing in the GOP's favor that occurred throughout 2021.
"There is nothing but flashing red flights and warning signs for Democrats," said McInturff, the conservative pollster.
What are the top issues facing the country? " jobs and the economy (a combined 42 percent), the coronavirus (29 percent), voting rights and election integrity (25 percent), the cost of living (23 percent) and border security and immigration (22 percent)."
Democrats cared most about Covid, voting rights / election integrity, social and racial justice, jobs/economy, and climate change. Republican top issues were jobs/economy, border security/immigration, taxes and spending, and the cost of living.