Less than 30% of Americans think the U.S. is heading in the right direction, poll finds

In a recent poll from Rasmussen Reports, 29% of Likely U.S. Voters think the country is heading in the right direction.

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The poll surveyed Likely U.S. Voters for the week ending March 10, 2022, and found that only 29% of respondents believe that the U.S. is headed in the right direction. 

Rasmussen Reports found that this number is down three points from just one week prior, which found that 32% believed the U.S. was headed in the right direction.

In another poll, Rasmussen Reports found that one of the top November midterms issues is inflation, with 88% of Likely Voters saying they are ‘concerned’. Other top concerns include violent crime (88%), election integrity (83%)

Inflation in the U.S. for January was 7.5%, but it peaked higher in February at 7.9% year-over-year, meaning the ‘average’ basket of consumption items for households went up nearly 8% in price since February 2021. 

The figure shows that inflation is not slowing down and that the cost of living is increasing dramatically, potentially forecasting recessionary times or debt crises to come.

The price of food at home (groceries) increased 8.6% from last year while food away from home (restaurants) increased 6.8%.

Energy marked the highest spike with a 25.6% price increase, as gasoline increased 38% from last year. Energy services increased by 12.3%. Utility gas service increased 23.8% in price, showing overall energy costs climbed to largely unprecedented numbers.

Used cars and trucks also increased by a notable 41.2%, rendering the overall cost of transportation much higher than just a year ago.

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