The Americans answer: is the United States heading in the right direction?
EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ – Football fans lining up outside MetLife Stadium in New Jersey shared whether they felt the country was headed in the right direction, with many worrying about inflation.
« For us working-class people, obviously gas prices are an issue and just representation of the country, » said Dennis, from New York. « I liked it a few years ago when someone else was in power. »
However, Maure, from New Jersey, said the United States is heading in the right direction despite rising inflation.
« It can certainly be on the right track in some ways, but in others it’s not, » she said. « I have a feeling that will always be the case. »
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Nearly 70% of Americans see the United States heading in the wrong direction, according to a Marist poll released Thursday. More than half of Democratic voters said the United States was on the right track, but 91% of Republicans and 71% of independents disagreed.
“Honestly, nothing is going well,” Mike, from New Jersey, told Fox News. « I’m going to Italy on Tuesday. I could stay there. »
« I have to pay more for everything, » he continued. « My stocks are down. My 401(k) is down. »
Inflation, which hit a 40-year national high of 9.1% in June, eased slightly but remained high at 8.3% in August, according to the Labor Department. Grocery costs have soared 13.5% in one year, the highest since May 1979.
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« The last two and a half years have gone downhill significantly instead of uphill, » said Richie, from New Jersey, citing pain from high fuel and food costs.
While gasoline prices have fallen from a high of $5 over the summer, they have recently risen to near $4 a gallon. A September Fox News poll found inflation to be the top concern ahead of November’s midterm elections, with 59% of registered voters saying they were « extremely concerned » about price spikes.
« We’re definitely on the wrong track, » Keith, from New Jersey, told Fox News. He criticized President Biden’s foreign policy decisions, including his inability to control Russia amid the war in Ukraine.
« It’s getting out of control from the point of view of our president not being able to impose a certain type of foreign policy, which was one of his strengths for which he was originally elected, » said Keith said.
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Americans need « a new administration, regardless of party, » Keith said. « It doesn’t matter to me, I just need to make some changes. »
Richie told Fox News that growing political division is a serious concern for America’s leadership.
« I want to see the country go back to what it was a few years ago, where everyone got along, » he said.