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 October 15, 2023

Large majority of Americans agree nation headed in wrong direction

Over three-fourths of American adults agree that the nation is headed in the wrong direction, according to a new poll by the Associated Press-NORC Research Center.

The survey found 78% of respondents agreed that America is headed in the wrong direction, with only 21% agreeing it is headed in the right direction.

Numbers growing worse

"Just a month ago, slightly more Americans appeared to have a positive view of the country’s direction," the Hill reported.

"Seventy-five percent said the country was headed in the wrong direction, while 25 percent said it was headed in the right direction," it added.

Too much spending

"Most adults say the government is spending too much money overall. However, a majority of the public would like more funds allocated for education, Social Security, assistance to the poor, and Medicare. More than half say the government is spending too much on aid to Ukraine in the war against Russia," the center reported.

"Sixty-four percent of adults say the U.S. government is spending too much money, including 85% of Republicans and 47% of Democrats," it continued.

Biden's wrongdoing a concern

The survey also offered a look at what Americans think about allegations against the president over Hunter Biden's business dealings.

"35% say Biden has acted illegally in handling his son’s business dealings, while 33% think he has acted unethically but not illegally. 30% say he hasn’t done anything wrong," the survey found.

The findings come as Biden continues to struggle in poll numbers in a potential matchup against former President Donald Trump. Trump is now nearly tied or ahead in various national polls.

The news also comes shortly after Robert F. Kennedy Jr. announced that he plans to run as an Independent, a move that could further divide Democratic votes in the 2024 election, though some argue that the change could also take votes away from Republicans.

The survey shows that Americans are concerned about the nation's direction, reflecting a weakness for Biden as he seeks a second term in office next year.

Written By:
Dillon Burroughs

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