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Polarized, Pessimistic & Pissed-Off at China: 80% of us say things are out of control – WSJ/NBC Poll

A protester carries the carries a U.S. flag upside, a sign of distress, next to a burning building Thursday, May 28, 2020, in Minneapolis. Protests over the death of George Floyd, a black man who died in police custody Monday, broke out in Minneapolis for a third straight night. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

PortandTerminal.com, June 7, 2020

NEW YORK – A NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll conducted May 28 to June 2 gives some startling insight into where Americans see the country right now.

The poll was done during the aftermath of George Floyd’s death in Minneapolis, as the U.S. death toll from the coronavirus surpassed 100,000 and after millions have lost their jobs. A thousand registered voters were interviewed for the poll which was conducted by Hart Research Associates and Public Opinion Strategies.

Things are out of control

Eight out of 10 voters believe that things are “out of control” in the United States, with majorities still concerned about the spread of the coronavirus, pessimistic about the economy returning to normal before next year and down on President Donald Trump’s ability to unite the nation.

“Out of control — that’s America in 2020,” said Democratic pollster Jeff Horwitt of Hart Research Associates, who helped conduct this survey with Republican pollster Bill McInturff and his GOP colleagues at Public Opinion Strategies.

Here are some of the other findings.

Polarized politically

Supporters listen to President Donald Trump speak during a rally at Drake University
Nothing that has happened over the past few months has shaken his core base of fans’ support of their president PHOTO: M. Scott Mahaskey/POLITICO

Americans remain as polarized politically as ever. Nothing that has happened over the past few months has shaken President Trump’s core base of fans’ support of their president. President Trump’s job approval rating has barely budged and remains steady at around 45% as it has back to 2018. About the same percentage of people (43%) approve of the way the president is handling the coronavirus crisis.

Pessimistic about a quick pandemic recovery

a pedestrian walks by The Framing Gallery. Closed sign
FILE – In this May 7, 2020 file photo, a pedestrian walks by The Framing Gallery, closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, in Grosse Pointe, Mich. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)

Almost half (46) of those surveyed say that the economy is in poor shape and don’t see things improving anytime soon. 54% say that the economic recovery won’t happen until at least next year or longer.

Airlines and the cruise industry will take a long time to bounce back. 66% said that they would be be very/somewhat uncomfortable flying right now or being in a large group of people.

63% of us are still very/somewhat worried about a family member catching the coronavirus. 44% worry that things are opening up too quickly in their state.

Pissed-Off at China

Rally. Flags. Boycott China sign.
Anti-China sentiment was evident during demonstrations last weekend in Massachusetts PHOTO: CHUCK NACKE/REX

The percentage of Americans who feel “very negative” about China has almost doubled since the question was asked in December 2018. Today almost a third of Americans (31%) feel very negative about China. 83% of Americans say that China deserves “a lot/some” of the blame for the spread of coronavirus

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