United States public opinion is turning its back on president Joe Biden's administration since over three quarters believe is doing a poor job in handling the US economy according to a CNN/SSRS poll.
The public's perceptions of the economy and of how things are going in the country overall are deeply negative and worsening, a release on the poll said. Since the spring, the share of US residents saying things are going badly for the country has climbed 11 points to 79%, the highest since February 2009, and shy of the all-time worst reached in November 2008 2008 by just four points.
That shift comes largely among Democrats and people of color, the release said.
Just 38% of Democrats now say things are going well in the country, down from 61% this spring. Likewise, there's been a steep drop among people of color, from 41% saying things were going well in the spring to 27% now, the release said.
Meanwhile, Biden's numbers among Republicans and independents have held steady.
Nearly 70% of respondents said they believe Biden has not paid enough attention to the nation's most pressing problems, the release said. A mere 18% of Americans say they think the nation's economy as in good shape with 82% believe that economic conditions are poor. About 41% describe the economy as very poor, up 11 points since the spring and nearly double of December's numbers.
As some economists warn of a looming recession, most Americans think the US is already there, the release said.
”The poll finds 64% of Americans feel the economy is currently in a recession, higher than the shares who said so just ahead of the Great Recession (46% felt that way in October 2007) and a recession that began in 2001 (44% said the country was already in a recession in February '01),” the release added.
Majorities across parties say the country is already in a recession, including 56% of Democrats, 63% of independents and 76% of Republicans.
Not very encouraging numbers for the Biden administration that faces midterm elections in November and could lose control of Congress.