The end of the Christmas holiday and the beginning of the New Year usually has American’s overflowing with hope and optimism. But a new poll from Axios indicates that the majority of Americans do not have high hopes for the next 365 days. Many are fearful for 2022 and it seems that hopelessness is on the rise in America.
Axios reported last week that a new poll shows that more than half of American adults are fearful for what the year 2022 holds in store. This is true for 51% of people in the United States, and 54% of the people in the world.
This new poll was conducted along with Momentive, a company that focuses on market research trends. One of the researchers from Momentive believes that more Americans realize that President Joe Biden and his administration can’t “magically” fix the pandemic.
Laura Wronski, a senior manager for research and science at Momentive, said that the end of last year was a relatively hopeful time. She claims that this was due to the change in the presidency and the fact that we had been through the first year of COVID. Wronski said that everyone thought things would surely get better in 2021.
“I think after this year we realized it’s not going to magically get better, that we’re going to have to live with COVID for a while,” Wronski said.
This new poll showed that Democrats, Republicans, and Independents all trended in the same direction for the last two years. Republicans were more pessimistic than Democrats and Independents, but all three people groups turned more negative in the most recent year’s survey. 69% of Republicans, 45% of Democrats, and 47% of independents indicated that they were more fearful than hopeful. Also, 51% revealed that they were more fearful than hopeful regarding what is coming for America in 2022. This included 66% of Republicans, 41% of Democrats, and 46% of independents.
The poll compares with other data all indicating that people in the United States are not optimistic about the year ahead especially when they focus on the economy.
“Real Clear Politics” reported that a massive 62.4% of all people in the United States believe the country is moving in the wrong direction. That particular number has been above 50% since 2009.
There was a Gallup poll last month that found 29% of Americans say that the economy is the most important issue facing our country. This is the highest percentage in five years. The other factors that contribute to the lack of optimism include: low morale regarding COVID-19; the decreasing job approval rating of President Joe Biden; and Americans’ overall disapproval of the direction America is going.
Our country was more optimistic six months ago, but the delta and omicron variants of COVID-19, along with the supply chain crisis, and rising inflation have lowered collective spirits. This malaise is happening even though jobless claims are down from their peak in the pandemic and the stock market has been doing fairly well until this week.
A Fox News poll indicates that 46% of Americans think that Biden’s social spending plan would cause inflation to rise higher. And 47% believe that the president’s actions are hurting us as a country, only 22% believe that the White House administration is helping the country. Two-thirds of the country believe that Biden’s leadership is at least somewhat responsible for inflation. And those same numbers represent people who have faced financial hardship over the last six months.
And the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that the Consumer Price Index is rising at a 6.8% rate which is the largest year-over-year increase since June 1982.
It is easy to see why so many in America are not expecting a particularly “happy” New Year.