A new CBS News/YouGov poll released on Sunday found that 97 percent of respondents listed the economy as the most important issue, CBS News reported.
Inflation and crime tied for second place with 95 percent of respondents saying they are the most important issues. These were followed closely by healthcare (94 percent) and government spending (91 percent).
However, respondents are feeling more hopeful about the country today than they were in January.
According to the January CBS News/YouGov poll, 73 percent of respondents believed things were going badly in the country. However, that has dropped by 8 points to 65 percent in Sunday’s poll.
Likewise, 75 percent of respondents in January’s poll said the state of the US economy was bad. That number dropped by 9 points in Sunday’s poll to 64 percent.
The biggest shift, however, was the view of how the US is dealing with COVID.
In January, 64 percent of respondents said the US COVID response was “going badly” and only 36 percent said it was “going well.” But in Sunday’s poll, the numbers changed radically, with 66 percent saying it is “going well” and only 33 percent saying it is “going badly.”
When asked if they are doing better, worse, or about the same this year compared to a year ago, 43 percent of respondents said they are worse off while 42 percent said they are about the same. Only 15 percent said they are better off now than a year ago.
Respondents were also asked if, looking ahead to 2024, they are scared, hopeful, angry, or excited. Forty-nine percent said they were scared while 47 percent said they were hopeful. Another 22 percent answered “angry,” while only 11 percent were excited.
The president’s job approval in the CBS News/YouGov poll remains underwater, with 44 percent approval and 56 percent disapproval.