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32% Say U.S. Heading in Right Direction

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Thirty-two percent (32%) 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 February 23.

That’s up from 30% the previous week and is the highest level of optimism since the first week of June 2013. Prior to this week, this finding had seesawed between 29% and 30% every week since mid-December. A year ago, 34% said the country was headed in the right direction.

Early last October during the federal government shutdown, confidence in the country’s course fell to 13%, the lowest finding in five years.

Sixty-one percent (61%) of voters now think the country is headed down the wrong track. That’s down one point from the previous week. It is also the lowest finding since mid-September. Eighty percent (80%) felt the country was on the wrong track in early October, but 58% believed that at this time last year.

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The national telephone survey of 3,500 Likely Voters was conducted by Rasmussen Reports on February 17-23, 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-six percent (86%) of Republicans and 66% of voters not affiliated with either major political party still think the country is on the wrong track. Among Democrats, 54% believe the country is heading in the right direction, while 36% think it’s on the wrong track.

Sixty-five percent (65%) of black voters feel the country is headed in the right direction. Sixty-seven percent (67%) of whites and 59% of other minority voters disagree.

Thirty-five percent (35%) of investors think the country is heading in the right direction, compared to 28% of non-investors.

Those who earn $100,000 or more a year are more positive about the direction of the country than those who earn less.

Sixty-nine percent (69%) of the Political Class feel the country is headed in the right direction, while 74% of Mainstream voters feel it is on the wrong track.

For the third week in a row, Democrats hold the lead on the Generic Congressional Ballot

Forty-four percent (44%) of all voters think the federal government should require every American to buy or obtain health insurance. Forty-six percent (46%) oppose this so-called individual mandate that is part of the new national health care law.

Fifty percent (50%) of Americans don't trust the Federal Reserve to keep interest rates and inflation down.

Thirty-three percent (33%) have filed their income taxes already. Forty-five percent (45%) expect to get a tax refund this year. 

Seventy-eight percent (78%) think it is harder for teachers now to maintain discipline compared to when they were in school.

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