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POLL: 2023 Will Be Economically Difficult And Politically Divided, Americans Say

A majority of Americans believe 2023 will be a challenging year, pointing to economic difficulty, political divide, crime and international discord as lead issues facing the country, according to a recent poll.

Of 1,803 respondents, 79% think Americans are headed into economic difficulty, 65% believe prices will rise, 63% believe stocks will fall and 53% predict unemployment will rise, according to the Gallup poll. Alongside economic hardship, 90% of Americans believe the country will remain politically divided, 72% think the crime rate will rise and 56% foresee strikes by labor unions.

When asked about international politics, 85% of respondents predicted discord instead of peace and 64% think the U.S.’ world power will decline, according to the poll. For Russia and China, 64% think Russia’s world power power will decrease due to setbacks in the war against Ukraine, and 73% believe China’s power will increase.

Along party lines, Democrats were more positive about 2023 than Republicans, according to the poll. Across 13 categories, Republicans were positive about only two categories, while Democrats were positive about five categories.

The shift in positivity is largely due to the sitting president’s political party, according to the poll. In past years, positivity has shifted between political parties. The shift is a “typical phenomenon” where Americans who identify with the sitting president’s political party are more hopeful for the future of the county, according to the poll.

The poll was conducted from Dec. 5 to Dec. 19 and has a margin of error of 3%.

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  1. Of course we’ll have a recession and worse, no matter how much they continue to try and change the definition of a recession. It’s the government’s never ending money printing that is driving inflation and there’s no end in sight. That and Biden’s promise to end “fossil fuel” in America.

    First, there’s the Democrats laughably called 740 billion dollar “Inflation Reduction Act” which is actually nothing but a “Green New Deal” slush fund with items such as 60 billion dollars for “environmental justice”. Then there’s (supported by McConnell and 12 other RINO’s) the just passed nearly 2 Trillion dollar Omnibus Spending Bill that increases funding for our now “woke” Military with no accountability for their disastrous withdrawal from Afghanistan. Of course, zero dollars for our completely open border that lets in millions that will have to be supported by taxpayers. More unaccountable and never ending (100 billion so far) dollars to the corrupt Ukrainian regime for our proxy war against Russia that we didn’t want, didn’t vote on, and can’t win and, oh yeah, may start WWIII.

    The Feds will continue to increase interest rates later in the year because it’s the only remedy for the out of control inflation. As interest and mortgage rates continue to rise, the housing market will collapse; along with all the supporting industries such as building materials and supplies, construction jobs, lumber, manufacturing household goods and appliances, etc., etc.. The marginal improvements in employment we now have will disappear and American’s debt and bankruptcies (already at historic levels) will skyrocket.

    Then perhaps, if it’s not too late, by 2024 impoverished Americans will be ready to vote these destructive progressive ideologues out of office.

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