The largest percentage of Americans since 2008 believe the economy is getting worse

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About 69 percent of Americans believe the U.S. economy is getting worse, the highest percentage since 2008, according to an ABC News/Ipsos poll, according to Bloomberg.

Three months before midterm congressional elections, only 37 percent said they approve of President Joe Biden’s handling of the economic recovery, unchanged from June.

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The gloom comes despite strong employment growth and a record-low unemployment rate, offset by inflation running at its highest level in decades. The US economy has been contracting for two quarters.

Just over one in three respondents, or 34%, said they approved of Biden’s handling of gas prices. That rate is up 7 percentage points from June as pump prices fall.

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Ahead of the Nov. 8 election, 75 percent of Republicans said they were excited to vote, compared to 68 percent of Democrats and 49 percent of independents.

Nearly half said they would be more likely to support a candidate who would preserve legal access to abortion. The percentage in favor of the opposite position was 27%.

The ABC News/This Week with George Stephanopoulos poll was conducted Aug. 5-6 among 665 adults. It had a margin of error of plus or minus 4.2 percentage points.

Source: Capital

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