A poll released the day before President-elect Joe Biden was inaugurated shows that the majority of Americans are worried and pessimistic about the future, another indication of the general malaise that has haunted American politics.
The NBC News poll found that 53% of Americans are pessimistic about the future, compared to 44% who are optimistic.
73 percent of Americans say the nation is on the wrong track and expect polarization to continue. Only 21 percent of Americans believe the country is going in the right direction. 73 percent of Americans believe the country will remain divided during Biden’s four-year term; Only 21 percent of Americans believe the country will be more uniform four years from now. 60 percent believe Biden made the transition to president well; 32 percent say otherwise; 44 percent believe President Donald Trump handled the transition well in the same period prior to his inauguration, compared to 71 percent who said the same about Barack Obama. 55 percent expect Biden to act more like previous presidents and bring back a sense of familiarity to the White House. Only 37 percent were confident that Biden would have goals and guidelines for his tenure. Only 43 percent trusted Biden’s personal qualities
“Donald Trump leaves a divided country on the wrong path to Joe Biden and with a new feeling that the future may not be as bright as we thought,” said Jeff Horwitt, a Democratic pollster who works with Hart Research Associates and Hart Research Associates collaborated with 1,000 registered voters, polled Republican pollster Bill McInturff of Public Opinion Strategies. “This is the America that Joe Biden and Kamala Harris inherit.”
The poll, with a margin of error of 3.1%, was conducted between January 10th and January 13th in the days after a group of President Trump’s supporters attacked the Capitol at his request in order to discard the 2020 general election results. Those who participated in the failed uprising agreed with the president’s fictions of widespread electoral fraud, for which there is no credible evidence.
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