POLL: Most Voters Say Recession Is Here And Dems Spending Bill Won’t Help


Kay Smythe News and Commentary Writer
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A majority of voters believe the U.S. is already in a recession and that the “Inflation Reduction Act” will either make things worse or make no difference at all, a new poll released Sunday found.

A majority of respondents to the NBC News poll (74%) felt that the country is headed in the wrong direction, with 56% disapproving of President Biden’s handling of the economy. Respondents also overwhelmingly feel that the U.S. is already in a recession (68%).

When questioned about the Inflation Reduction Act, 35% felt that it would make things worse for them, with 36% feeling it won’t make a difference in their lives.


General opinions of the Democratic Party were somewhat negative (16%) and very negative (35%), a reflection of current economic conditions. The latter opinion is the highest found by the poll since October 2021, shortly after the botched withdrawal from Afghanistan. Opinions on the Republican Party were nominally better, with a 49% total negative report compared to the Democratic party’s 51% total negative.

Sixty-one percent of respondents felt there was something in their lives that upset them so much that they’d hold a protest sign for an entire day. Of those overarching issues facing the U.S., threats to democracy and cost of living ranked highest.

A majority felt that America’s best years are behind it, with 58% of respondents feeling worried that the best years are definitely not ahead. A further 50% of respondents stated that, in terms of their own financial situation, the worst is still to come. (RELATED: POLL: Majority Of Americans Are Cutting Back On Eating Out And Going To Grocery Store)

The poll, conducted by Hart Research Associates/Public Opinion Strategies, surveyed 1,000 registered voters between Aug. 12 and 16, with a margin of error of plus or minus 3.10%.