Nearly three-quarters of Americans say U.S. headed in wrong direction: Poll

About one in five Americans said the nation is "headed in the right direction."

Updated: August 21, 2022 - 6:34pm

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Nearly three-quarters of Americans say that the United States is headed in the wrong direction while a record 58% of Americans say the country's best years are behind it, according to a new poll.

The NBC News survey showed that 35% of people think the United States' best years are ahead, down from the peak of 45% who agreed in 1990.

About one in five Americans, 21%, said the nation is "headed in the right direction" while 74% said it is "off on the wrong track."

The poll, which has a margin of error of 3.1% and consisted of 1,000 registered voters, took place from Aug. 12-16. It also showed that President Joe Biden's approval rating is at an all-time low with 55% of those surveyed expressing disapproval of the job that Joe Biden is doing as president.

The survey showed that 68% of Americans think the country is in a recession, despite the White House's attempts to dispute it.

Days after the FBI's raid on former President Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago estate, 57% of those polled said investigations into Trump should continue.

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