EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ – Soccer fans outside New Jersey’s MetLife Stadium shared whether they felt the country was headed in the right direction, with many worried about inflation.
“For us, the working class, obviously gas prices are an issue and just representing the country,” said Dennis, of New York. “I liked it a couple of years ago when someone else was in charge.”
However, Maure, from New Jersey, said the US is headed in the right direction despite rising inflation.
“It can definitely be on the right track in some respects, but in other respects, it’s not,” he said. “I feel like that will always be the case.”
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Nearly 70 percent of Americans see the U.S. as going in the wrong direction, a Marist poll released Thursday found. More than half of Democratic voters said the US is on the right track, but 91% of Republicans and 71% of independents disagreed.
“Honestly, nothing is going well,” Mike, from New Jersey, told Fox News. “I’m going to Italy on Tuesday. Maybe I’ll stay there.”
“I have to pay more for everything,” he continued. “My stock is down 401(k) is down.”
Inflation, which nationally hit a 40-year high of 9.1% in June, eased slightly but remained high at 8.3% in August, according to the Department of work Grocery store costs rose 13.5% in a year, the highest since May 1979.
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“The last two-and-a-half years have gone down considerably rather than up,” said Richie, of New Jersey, citing the pain of high fuel and food costs.
While gas prices have declined from a high of $5 over the summer, they recently rose to nearly $4 a gallon. A September Fox News poll found that inflation was the top concern ahead of November’s midterm elections, with 59 percent of registered voters saying they were “extremely concerned” about rising prices.
“We’re definitely on the wrong track,” Keith, of New Jersey, told Fox News. He criticized President Biden’s foreign policy decisions, including his inability to rein in Russia amid the war in Ukraine.
“It just gets out of hand from the point of view that our president can’t force some kind of foreign policy, which was one of his strengths that got him elected originally,” Keith said.
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Americans need “a new administration, either party,” Keith said. “I don’t mind, I just need to make some changes.”
Richie told Fox News that increasing political division is a major concern for America’s leadership.
“I want to see the country go back to the way it was a couple of years ago, where everyone got along,” he said.