According to a recently released ABC News/Ipsos poll, 55% of Americans now say that they are pessimistic about the direction the country is headed in.

This striking result comes at about the six-month mark of the Biden presidency and represents a dramatic shift from when the poll was last conducted back in May. Back then, only 36% of Americans reported feeling pessimistic about the direction of the country.

A Failing Presidency

Digging a bit more deeply into the results of the ABC/Ipsos poll, we see some interesting and portentous things.

First, back in May, there was a 28% difference between those who felt optimistically and those who felt pessimistically about the direction of the country, with 64% feeling optimistic and 36% feeling pessimistic.


Now, however, optimism is underwater by 10 percentage points, with 55% reporting pessimistic feelings and only 45% still feeling optimistic.

Specifically, the question of optimism and pessimism asked in this poll related to respondents’ feelings about how things would be in America for the next 12 months.

Next, the ABC/Ipsos poll’s results for other questions were no less damning for the Biden Administration. Only 37% reported approving of Biden’s performance on the issue of the U.S.-Mexico border, while a whopping 61% disapproved; 61% also disapproved of the way Biden’s responding to gun violence in the country, while, again, only 37% approved.

On the issue of crime more generally, 58% disapproved of Biden’s performance while only 39% approved.


Other mainstream, large-scale polls of American public opinion, like those released recently released by Gallup and Politico, all show the Biden Administration trending in the wrong direction. Gallup has Biden at only a 50% approval rating, down from 56% in June. A Politico/Morning Consult poll has VP Kamala Harris underwater already, with 45% holding a favorable view of her and 47% holding an unfavorable view.