While Joe Biden was enjoying a luxury vacation, a recent Gallup poll shows more Americans are suffering in Biden’s America.
The survey revealed that, in July, 5.6% of Americans evaluated their lives poorly enough to be considered “suffering” on Gallup’s Life Evaluation Index. This is the highest number since 2008.
The “suffering” rate has climbed for both Democrats and Republicans while the percentage of adults classified as “thriving” has dropped again.
Additionally, a NBC poll found that 74% of Americans say the country is on the wrong track and that Americans are “angry, disappointed and worried.”
Three-quarters of voters — 74% — say the country is headed in the wrong direction, representing the fifth-straight NBC News survey showing this number in the 70s.
Additionally, 58% believe America’s best days are behind it, which is the highest percentage on this question dating back to 1990.
Another 68% of voters think the United States is currently in an economic recession.
And six in 10 — 61% — say they’re so upset by something that they’re willing to carry a protest sign for an entire day.
There is a lot to worry about. Americans are truly suffering under the Biden administration. Manufacturing and home building have taken big hits in recent months. Inflation is historically high and the cost of goods continues to rise.
The entire administration is out of touch with the very real struggles of American families.
The percentage of Americans who evaluate their lives poorly enough to be considered “suffering” on Gallup’s Life Evaluation Index was 5.6% in July, the highest since the index’s inception in 2008. This exceeds the previous high of 4.8% measured in April and is statistically higher than all prior estimates in the COVID-19 era. Across extensive measurement since January 2008, the suffering percentage has reached 4.5% or higher on a handful of occasions.
The most recent results, obtained July 26 to Aug. 2, 2022, are based on web surveys of 3,649 U.S. adults as a part of the Gallup Panel, a probability-based, non-opt-in panel of about 115,000 adults across all 50 states and the District of Columbia.
For its Life Evaluation Index, Gallup classifies Americans as “thriving,” “struggling” or “suffering,” according to how they rate their current and future lives on a ladder scale with steps numbered from 0 to 10, based on the Cantril Self-Anchoring Striving Scale. Those who rate both their current and future lives a 4 or lower are classified as suffering. Those who rate their current life a 7 or higher and their anticipated life in five years an 8 or higher are classified as thriving.
The percentage of U.S. adults estimated to be thriving has steadily declined since it reached a record high of 59.2% in June 2021. The latest estimate of 51.2% is an 18-month low. The lowest recorded thriving rate of 46.4% was measured twice — first, in November 2008 amid the Great Recession, and second, in late April 2020, during the initial economic shutdown associated with the outbreak of COVID-19 in the U.S.
— GallupNews (@GallupNews) August 22, 2022
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