Americans' optimism about country's direction over next year drops nearly 20 points since May: POLL

45% now report feeling optimistic about the way things are going, a significant drop from 64% in May.

7/25/2021 2:09:00 PM

45% now report feeling optimistic about the way things are going, a significant drop from 64% in May.

In May, a little more than a third were pessimistic. Now, it is a majority, a new ABC News/Ipsos poll finds.

of all new coronavirus cases in the United States. As of Friday, according to Health and Human Services data obtained by ABC News, the United States' daily case average was up 47% compared to the prior week, and on Wednesday, the nation recorded its highest single-day new case total since April.

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Worry about a resurgence of the virus is also apparent when looking at how concerned the public is about contracting the virus.According to this ABC News/Ipsos poll, about 6 in 10 Americans are concerned -- 20% very and 42% somewhat -- that they or someone they know will become infected with the coronavirus; about 4 in 10 (39%) are not concerned about this.

MORE: Delta variant now makes up 83% of cases, CDC director says, pressed on booster shotsThat's the lowest level of concern in polling by ABC News/Ipsos going back to March 2020, but there is a significant gap since this question was last asked in early March of this year, when less than 20% of the U.S. population was at least partially vaccinated. Since then, every American 12 years and older has become eligible to receive a vaccine. In this ABC News/Ipsos poll, about three-quarters (74%) of U.S. adults say they have had at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine, which, similar to other recent surveys, slightly overstates the number of Americans who have been vaccinated, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The most recent headtopics.com

, which could lag actual vaccinations by a few days, shows that 68.8% of the adult population had received at least one dose.Concern about infection, according to this poll, is higher among those who are at leastpartially vaccinated Read more: ABC News »

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Joe has dementia and still running a nation Isn’t amazing what a little (on this case a lot) money can buy? Really America is feeling optimistic about an endless open border policy with no pathway to citizenship? There are things beyond his control! Except, Global Warming! Gee, wonder who's behind all that?... Opinion | Republicans unleashed a deadly vaccine skepticism. Can they now contain it?

I'm not dismayed by Joe Biden, but I feel the people on the Right are dragging our country down Because in May the stimulus checks were rolling in. Do another stimulus and watch it pick up Just watching him speak as he stutters and trying to figure out what to say ! Says it all ! Delta and the cult is getting worse and no one is doing anything (looking at you fbi and TheJusticeDept who now let people openly plan overthrow of our democracy)

This is so weird everyone I talk to and I do live and a blue city-state they all actually afraid of what's coming

Health Officials Now Think Some Americans May Need Booster VaccinesThe Biden administration is considering booster shots for the elderly and immunocompromised I’m neither but would take a booster today if it were offered. Early critics of the mRNA vaccine program predicted this failure and already knew the vax would produce the variants. But don't let that stop us, let's get to help double down on the stupidity.

Well these housing and rent prices are ridiculous, food prices are higher then ever, and know one has heard anyone in the Government talk let alone come up with a plan to combat all this. Must have been all Dems. Surprisingly only 45% of the Dems are feeling that way. GOP to blame! No trust in skewed ABC poll. Do you ever poll outside NY or California. I doubt it. Wouldn’t get the results you want.

ah - well, all the freebies are coming to an end. Maybe if he kept his campaign promise and legalized cannabis and ended federal drug testing we'd all be a lot happier! Our hope is not lost! It’s too early to throw in the towel! defeatcovid Because they know Moscow Mitch is still calling the shots thanks to Sen_JoeManchin and Biden’s agenda will not be put through and Americans will not get the help they need.

tbell1968 Some of that could be the fact that one party is actively trying to kill democracy. And the other is being prevented from stopping them by two turncoats. That and the covidiots trying to kill us all. We're frustrated! BS, Who and where did you ask people?

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It’s much lower than 45%. Don’t kid yourself. The democrats are running this country into the ground. The country’s direction? Economically? nope Culturally?..nope..it’s COVID! All adults in the U.S. , (with rare exception), should have already been fully vaccinated. And our elected officials should set a better example. On the Bus or on a plane, wear a mask. Git ‘er done people

Seriously. When 30% don’t care if they die from the virus refusing to take the vaccine. . N this polls r a joke. No credibility Kind of expected when 40% of the country is actively trying to keep a pandemic going. You mean in six months he’s hasnt unfucked four years worth of garbage inflicted on us by one of the worst presidents ever? Imagine.

Hard to be optimistic with the republicans unwilling to work with the administration. NEW VIRUS ATTACKS AND DESTROYS THE BRAIN AND CAUSES SPRITUAL HALLUCINATIONS Trump pointed out at his latest propaganda-thon rally in Phoenix that Biden is failing to deal with the virus because it is spiking again! Umm. And WHY is it spiking again? I'll say it again -- You just can't write this ****!

The country is falling apart, democrats are just sitting by living in a dream world.

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This is what happen. The true! His administration’s policy and support TPLFTerroristGroup who uses ChildSoldiers in Tigray Ethiopian to divide and conquer a sovereign nation is also key to his significant drop. The Ethiopian American community has voted for him significantly. Not anymore. Lol, it was never at 64% and its way lower than 45%. This country is doomed with Biden and the wicked witch!

I was at 0 with Trump so this is definitely progress I am also pessimistic. The threat of non vaxxers based on party politics is clear that they lack common sense and character. Trumpers and members of the GQP own this.....it's nothing new. I felt pessimistic since January 20. And it will be the same until Trump gets re-elected

Bullshit ! Those ppl aren't paying attention !! It's because Trump is out there giving speeches again. Confidence down because the GOP are literally passing laws to suppress our votes and over turn them if they lose and the Democrats are doing NOTHING to stop them!! POTUS SenSchumer SpeakerPelosi JoeManchinWV SenatorSinema

Well, if people could find a place to live they would feel a lot more positive. I’ve been looking for a 2bed pet friend apartment since may and have exhausted options in the area where I want to move to but nothing…

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Mandatory Vaccines Is Next / % Will Fall More.😷😷 Blame inflation and increasing gas costs…. People blaming the president for their own hesitancy to get vaccinated, their use of weapons to kill each other, and the Republican obstruction in Congress. Alrighty then… You mean people don’t like having a radical dementia patient in office driving inflation through the roof and doing the bidding of the radical Left? Weird….

reading these comments that are being made this is about Biden not doing so well and the lies that come from his admin and ppl want to say because of this and that funny how they was upset when trump lied but when Biden does it they defend him or deflect from it sounds like MSM Wait until we fully turn socialism

Why won’t FAKE NEWS tell the country what really happened? That COVID-19 didn’t come from some infected bat. That Dr Fauci & Joe Biden funded the COVID-19 project since back in 2014. That Dr withheld critical info from President Trump in order to protect himself. Biden's mental decline is getting worse by the day.

Has a lot to do with the Pro-COVOD GOP ruining it for the rest of us. Blame the American people that's who I blame they sit back and complain yet they do absolutely nothing to save themselves I thought the government work for the people LOL ain't that some b*******

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we are living thru another horrible spike. this time it's vaccine refusers. it's terribly painful to watch people dying for no reason whatsoever. this is all completely preventable. having to witness such useless, pointless suffering would make anyone feel horrible. & Americans believe the lies! Haha.. so sad it really is! The corruption in the AmericanStockMarket & government is absolutely appalling! Soon that fault line is going to snap and it's going to be very ugly! Thank yourselves for not doing anything & believing lies

Who the hell do you poll bc it’s not anyone with half a brain. Eff that. Because Congress is a giant cluster of 💩 What do you expect, plus you know it's way lower. CNN Airs Hour-Long PSA On Warning Signs Of Dementia Climate change, inflation, gas prices and the Republican Party are all reasons to not feel optimistic about the future.

Had they made the vaccine available to more than the elderly and those who work in education in California, I would have not been observing 4 months of my husband's passing today. They should have expanded their list of essential workers. GavinNewsom CAPublicHealth The only way the Dems stand a chance of winning 2024 is giving the people universal healthcare. People's memories are short they will not remember GOP unleashed the virus, but how the Dems forced them to take an experimental vaccine, insure the people now.

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Blame GOP legislators passing *laws* to overturn any election they didn't win. I believe in President Biden. BS MORE: Approval for Pres. Biden's handling of the economic recovery has also dropped by seven points since late May.