Persistent inflation, a tough midterm-election outlook for Democrats and an ongoing grapple with the COVID-19 pandemic are shaping up to be some of President Joe Biden’s biggest challenges as he prepares to enter the second year of his presidency.
At the same time those and other factors are contributing to what at least one analyst says is Biden’s toughest task in the months ahead: persuading his fellow citizens that the U.S. is moving in the right direction.
“The biggest challenge for Biden is to convince the American people that the United States is on the right track,” said Ed Mills, Washington policy analyst at Raymond James. Inflation, COVID, geopolitical risk and fractured American politics all contribute to gloom among Americans — and heighten chances that voters will move toward the president’s opponents, says Mills.
Polls compiled by RealClearPolitics underscore the heavy lift Biden will face, with those saying they believe…