The vast majority of U.S. adults still believe the country is divided, despite President Joe Biden’s vow to be a more unifying president, an NBC News poll released Sunday revealed.
The poll, released on the cusp of Biden’s first 100 days in office, revealed just more than a third, or 36 percent, say the country is headed in the “right direction.” Meanwhile, the vast majority of respondents, 82 percent, believe the country is divided.
This comes amid Biden’s vow to unify the country with his presidency, making the theme central to his inaugural address in January.
“To overcome these challenges — to restore the soul and to secure the future of America — requires more than words. It requires the most elusive of things in a democracy: unity. Unity,” Biden said during his January 20 address.
Biden told the country his “whole soul” was “in this,” wholly devoted to “bringing America together,” “uniting our people,” and “uniting our nation.”
“Uniting to fight the common foes we face: anger, resentment, hatred. Extremism, lawlessness, violence. Disease, joblessness, hopelessness.
With unity we can do great things. Important things. We can right wrongs. We can put people to work in good jobs. We can teach our children in safe schools. We can overcome this deadly virus. We can reward work, rebuild the middle class and make healthcare secure for all.
We can deliver racial justice. We can make America, once again, the leading force for good in the world.