More than half of Americans say they are PESSIMISTIC about the next 12 months

A majority of Americans are pessimistic about where the country will be in another 12 months — an increase of nearly 20 percent compared to a similar survey conducted after President Joe Biden’s first 100 days in office.

A new ABC News/Ipsos poll shows that 55 percent of Americans say they are pessimistic about the direction the country is heading, while 45 percent say they are optimistic.

In early May, a similar poll found that 36 percent said they were pessimistic about the country’s future, while 64 percent said they were optimistic.

After six months in office, the president is receiving mixed reviews for his handling of a range of issues, including the COVID-19 pandemic, the economy and the withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan.

The latest survey shows that pessimism is being expressed among Democrats, Republicans and independents.

Optimism has dropped about 20 percent among Democrats and Republicans.

A majority of Americans are pessimistic about where the country will be in another 12 months — an increase of nearly 20 percent compared to a similar survey conducted after President Joe Biden’s first 100 days.

A new survey found that more Americans disapprove of President Joe Biden's handling of immigration, crime and the economic recovery.  Biden can be seen above in Arlington, Virginia on Friday

A new survey found that more Americans disapprove of President Joe Biden’s handling of immigration, crime and the economic recovery. Biden can be seen above in Arlington, Virginia on Friday

There is an even sharper drop in optimism among independents — 26 percent, according to the survey, which interviewed 527 adults on Friday and Saturday.

The respondents surveyed by ABC News/Ipsos are divided into partisan allegiances, with 31 percent of Democrats surveyed, 24 percent Republicans, and 36 percent independents.

In May, 89 percent of Democrats said they were optimistic about the country’s direction in the next 12 months.

However, the latest survey shows that only 71 percent of Democrats said they are optimistic about where the country is heading.

Optimism among the self-employed has declined by 26 percentage points – from 64 percent in May to just 38 percent today.

A majority of the country largely agrees with Biden’s handling of the COVID-19 pandemic, with 63 percent saying the president is doing a good job on that front, according to the survey.

Jack Herrington, a student at the University of Memphis in Tennessee, will receive a dose of the COVID-19 vaccine on Thursday.  Fears of another lockdown due to the spread of the contagious Delta strain worries Americans, new survey shows

Jack Herrington, a student at the University of Memphis in Tennessee, will receive a dose of the COVID-19 vaccine on Thursday. Fears of another lockdown due to the spread of the contagious Delta strain worries Americans, new survey shows

But that figure is low compared to previous polls that showed Biden’s approval score overwhelmingly positive.

In late March, surveys showed that a whopping 72 percent of the public approved of the president’s performance related to COVID-19.

The lower polls may reflect a widespread fear among Americans that the government may reintroduce lockdown measures to curb the spread of the highly contagious Delta strain.

dr. Anthony Fauci, the country’s top infectious disease expert, said the country is in an “unnecessary predicament” of rising COVID-19 cases fueled by unvaccinated Americans and the virulent Delta strain.

“We’re going in the wrong direction,” Fauci said, describing herself as “very frustrated.”

He said to recommend that the vaccinated masks be taken “under active consideration” by the government’s leading public health officials.

Also, booster shots may be suggested for people with suppressed immune systems who have been vaccinated, Fauci said.

Fauci, who also serves as Biden’s chief medical adviser, told CNN’s State of the Union that he has participated in talks about changing mask guidelines.

He noted that some local jurisdictions where infection rates are rising, such as Los Angeles County, are already calling on individuals to wear masks in public regardless of vaccination status.

Fauci said those local rules are compatible with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s recommendation that vaccinees should not wear masks in public.

According to CDC data, nearly 163 million people, or 49 percent of the eligible U.S. population, have been vaccinated.

As of Saturday, the seven-day moving average of daily new cases was nearly 50,000, up 166 percent from two weeks ago, according to an analysis of Johns Hopkins data from DailyMail.com.

Meanwhile, vaccination rates are falling, with only 57 percent of the eligible population fully vaccinated.

A recent ABC News/Ipsos survey shows that about 60 percent of Americans fear that they or someone they know will become infected with the coronavirus.

Of them, 20 percent said they were very concerned, while 42 percent said they were somewhat concerned.

Nearly 4 in 10 — or 39 percent — said they’re not worried about it.

While the number of concerned Americans has fallen, it’s because this research was done at a time when everyone over the age of 12 is eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine.

The poll found that 74 percent of adults said they had received at least one dose of the vaccine — which is slightly higher than the actual vaccination rate in the general public.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say that about 69 percent of the adult population has been injected with at least one dose.

Those who were surveyed and said they had been partially vaccinated were more concerned about infection — 67 percent — while 46 percent of those who had not been vaccinated said they were concerned about infection.

Biden’s way of dealing with the economy has also led to some slippage among those surveyed.

While the overwhelming majority of Democrats — 88 percent — approve of Biden’s way of handling the economy, about half (49 percent) of independents agree.

Only 16 percent of Republicans approve of Biden’s management of the economy, according to the survey.

Biden also gets low marks for his approach to immigration and the surge of migrants across the US-Mexico border, as well as a rise in violent crime across the country.

Fewer than 4 in 10 Americans approve of Biden’s treatment of all three problems.

Among Republicans, the disapproval is overwhelming — ranging between 86 percent and 92 percent, according to the survey.

Biden has more than a majority in favor of withdrawing troops from Afghanistan.

The survey found that 55 percent of Americans approve of the president’s policies.

When asked whether Biden kept his campaign promises, only 52 percent said he did an excellent or good job of delivering on his promises, while 47 percent said he didn’t do so well or badly.

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