A vast majority of Americans are unhappy with the direction their country is going in under President Joe Biden's watch. Those same Americans also fear the political climate is too polarized to get meaningful progress done. A new survey conducted by NBC News between January 14 and 18, released on Sunday, shows that 72 percent of Americans think the United States is on the wrong track, while just 22 percent believe it's headed in the right direction. [tweet_embed] January 24, 2022[/tweet_embed] The numbers remain relatively unchanged from the last time the poll was taken in October when 71 percent of respondents felt the same, meaning the president's $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill and attempts to pass federal voting laws and Build Back Better failed to inspire confidence in Americans. Throughout the NBC poll's history, public dissatisfaction with the country's future climbed over 70 percent only six times -- each time it occurred during an election year coincided with a new majority in Congress the following November. [tweet_embed] January 24, 2022[/tweet_embed] Americans also seem more pessimistic than ever about the state of democracy, with 76 percent believing it is under real threat. A sentiment shared by more than seven in every ten Republicans, Democrats, and Independents. Democrats' hope to retain or even grow their razor-thin majority in both houses of Congress is growing further out of reach. Both parties were in a near-tie regarding who Americans want to control Congress for the last two years of Biden's term. Forty-seven percent of Americans said they wanted Democrats to retain their majority, while 46 percent said they preferred it to flip to Republicans. It falls well within the poll's margin of error, 3.10 percent. The GOP managed to narrow the gap from October when 45 percent of respondents said they wanted Republicans to take power compared to 47 percent who backed Democrats. Republicans might also have an edge in terms of turnout. A majority of GOP voters -- 61 percent -- said they were very interested in the upcoming election. [tweet_embed] January 24, 2022[/tweet_embed] Just 47 percent of Democrat voters could say the same. Among the most significant reductions in voter enthusiasm are by Black voters, young voters, and those who live in urban areas -- all generally Left-leaning groups. Republicans also come out on top in general favorability, though not by much, which is emblematic of Americans' general dissatisfaction with the state of U.S. politics. Democrats and Republicans are separated by merely one percentage point in terms of somewhat or very positive views, 33 to 34 percent.