100 days before midterms, voters unhappy about Biden, Trump, politics

  • Democrats lead the congressional ballot 44% -40%, better than an even split in June.
  • Across every demographic group, most Americans say the country is on the wrong track.
  • Top issues? Only the economy, abortion and inflation cited by double digits.
  • At stake in November is the power to pass legislation and launch investigations.

One hundred days before the midterms, Americans are anxious about the future and unhappy with their options.

A new USA TODAY / Suffolk University Poll shows Democrats with a narrow advantage over Republicans on the congressional ballot, 44% -40%, a bit better than the 40% -40% split they scored in June. But gloom about the nation’s economy and its politics still pose big hurdles for Democratic hopes of avoiding significant losses in November.

By 47% -42%, voters say they want to elect a Congress that mostly stands up to President Joe Biden rather than one that mostly cooperates with him.

At stake in November is the power to pass legislation and to launch investigations – whether into the Jan. 6 insurrection or Hunter Biden’s finances – and the prospects for collaboration between Congress and the president during the second two years of his term.

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