Fears About 2022 Weighing on Many Americans

The past few years have been rough on many Americans, to say the least. People’s businesses have been shut down by the government. Mask mandates and vaccine mandates were forced on individuals.

States, religious groups, and business organizations found themselves in legal battles with the Biden administration last year. In a matter of days, the Supreme Court is going to hear the challenges against nationwide medical mandates the president is trying to push.

Suffice it to say, the events of the past few years have caused a lot of concern about what this year could possibly have in store. According to Breitbart News, 2022 has caused a lot of anxiety and worries for many Americans.

A Closer Look at Anxieties About 2022

A new poll by Axios/Momentive reveals that a slim majority (51%) of Americans are afraid about what lies ahead for the United States this year. Meanwhile, 48% told the pollster they are hopeful about what 2022 has in store for the nation.

These concerns are followed by a plurality of Americans who described 2021 as a source of worry and exhaustion.

68% of people noted they’re hopeful when it comes to what 2022 has waiting for them on a personal level. By contrast, only 30% cited themselves as being more afraid of what this year could have in store for them on a personal level.

Across policy matters, the issues that are of most concern to Americans this year include economic matters (such as inflation), healthcare, money, democracy, and COVID.

Finally, 50% of those polled by Axios/Momentive stated they believe inflation and the supply chain crisis will lead to this year bringing bad turns for the economy.

A Glimpse into 2022 Thus Far

With one day of 2022 already passed, one of the most pressing matters has been holdups in the airline industry. Flight cancellations have been a real nuisance, seeing as thousands of flights were cancelled yesterday.

Airlines are now resorting to cutting down their flight volumes, along with giving massive pay raises to employees who are on the beat and willing to work extra shifts.

This year’s flight delays are a continuance from last year when flights were cancelled ahead of the Christmas holiday and persisted from that point forward.

Later in the year, Americans will have midterm congressional elections, along with a series of governor’s races happening in various states across the country. Needless to say, 2022 is going to be a very impactful year on multiple fronts.

Time will tell whether or not this year brings relief from the many hardships people endured throughout both 2020 and 2021.

Are you excited or concerned about what this year may have in store for the nation? Do you think the worries Americans have about 2022 are valid? We’d like to read your thoughts in the comments area.

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