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.
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.
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.