Under Biden, American Optimism Is At Its Highest In More Than A Decade

Americans are feeling better about themselves and about the state and direction of the country now more than they have felt in the past several years, according to several recent public opinion polls.

A new Gallup poll found that almost 60 percent of Americans – 59.2 percent – say they are thriving now with Joe Biden as president and 73 percent of respondents say they have experienced enjoyment for a lot of the previous day.┬áThe former is the highest rating Gallup has ever recorded on the measure dating back to when it was first taken more than 13 years ago. The latter is the highest since the coronavirus pandemic began early last year when Donald Trump was president.

Widespread deployment and receipt of coronavirus vaccines seems to have a major impact on peoples’ feelings. Those who are able to substantially return to their pre-pandemic routines report that they are feeling more optimistic about the current state and future path of the United States. More poll respondents are saying their emotional well-being has improved in the past week than are saying it has gotten worse since the previous survey was conducted in May of this year.

An NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist College poll last week found that 47 percent of American believe the country is going in the right direction. That’s the highest percentage since 2009, the first year of the Obama administration. That percentage represents a dramatic turnaround from how Americans felt at the same point in Trump’s presidency, when just 31 percent of Americans felt the country was on the right track. In that poll, a full 61 percent said the U.S. was going in the wrong direction.

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