Wednesday, April 09, 2014
Thirty percent (30%) of Likely U.S. Voters think the country is heading in the right direction, according to a new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey for the week ending April 6.
This finding is up two points from 28% the previous week. The number who say the country is heading in the right direction has remained in the narrow range of 28% to 30% every week but one since mid-December.
Early last October during the federal government shutdown, confidence in the country’s course fell to 13%, the lowest finding in five years.
Sixty-two percent (62%) of voters now think the country is headed down the wrong track. That’s down two points from the previous week. Eighty percent (80%) felt the country was on the wrong track in early October.
A year ago, 34% said the country is heading in the right direction; 59% disagreed.
The national telephone survey of 3,500 Likely Voters was conducted by Rasmussen Reports on March 31-April 6, 2014. The margin of sampling error for the survey is +/- 2 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Fieldwork for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.
Eighty-seven percent (87%) of Republicans and 69% of voters not affiliated with either major political party think the country is on the wrong track. Among Democrats, 54% believe the country is heading in the right direction, while 36% think it is on the wrong track.
Sixty-two percent (62%) of black voters think the country is headed in the right direction. Just 24% of whites and 39% of other minority voters agree.
Eighty-six percent (86%) of conservative voters and 56% of moderates believe the country is headed down the wrong track. Fifty-five percent (55%) of liberal voters believe it is heading in the right direction.
Seventy-six percent (76%) of the Political Class believe the country is heading in the right direction, but 72% of Mainstream voters feel it is headed in the wrong direction.
Democrats hold a one-point lead over Republicans on the latest Generic Congressional Ballot.
Fifty-three percent (53%) of voters now believe the quality of health care will get worse under Obamacare, the highest level of pessimism since mid-March 2011.
Forty-two percent (42%) of working Americans think they will be earning more a year from now.
Forty percent (40%) believe that they have a better opportunity for career advancement by staying within their current company. Thirty-five percent (35%) see more opportunity by going to work for someone else.
Thirty-two percent (32%) believe the United States has a system of free market capitalism, while just as many (31%) say it is a system of crony capitalism.
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