Nearly 70% of Americans think things are bad in US: poll

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Nearly 70% of Americans think things are bad in US: poll

Almost 70% of Americans are pessimistic about the current state of the country amid increasing worry over the COVID-19 pandemic, rising crime and the economy, according to a new poll.

About 69 percent of Americans say things are currently going badly in the US, according to a CNN poll released Friday.

That number is up from the 60 percent who reported feeling the same way back when the outlet conducted an earlier poll in March.

Views regarding the state of the economy has also worsened with 62 percent of Americans believing it is in poor shape, compared to 54 percent in April.

And about 57 percent say they are worried about rising crime in their communities.

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The poll shows that confidence in President Biden’s handling of the COVID-19 pandemic has slipped 10 points.
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Police investigate a crime scene where three people were shot at the Wentworth Gardens housing complex in the Bridgeport neighborhood in Chicago, Illinois.
Police investigate a crime scene where three people were shot at the Wentworth Gardens housing complex in the Bridgeport neighborhood in Chicago, Illinois.
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The poll also shows that confidence in President Biden’s handling of the COVID-19 pandemic has slipped a staggering 10 points.

About 56 percent of Americans now approve of how Biden is handling the pandemic, compared to 66 percent back in April.

The poll was conducted between August 3 and September 7 as COVID-19 cases continued to surge and amid the withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan.

The Taliban now controls Afghanistan after the departure of US troops.
The Taliban now controls Afghanistan after the departure of US troops.
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The results are from a random national sample of 2,119 adults and interviews were conducted online or via telephone.

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