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32% Say U.S. Heading in Right Direction

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

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 15. 

This finding is down two points from the previous week.  The week ending January 25, the percentage of voters who felt the country was heading in the right direction hit 35%, the highest level in nearly two years, but has been trending down since then.  The number of voters who think the country is heading in the right direction has been 30% or higher since mid-December after being in the mid- to high 20s most weeks since mid-June 2013.

Sixty percent (60%) of voters now believe the nation is headed down the wrong track, up two points from last week.

A year ago at this time, 30% said the country was heading in the right direction, while 62% thought it was headed down the wrong track.  

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The national telephone survey of 2,800 Likely Voters was conducted by Rasmussen Reports from February 9-15, 2015. The margin of sampling error for the survey is +/- 2 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.

Fifty-four percent (54%) of Democrats say the country is headed in the right direction. Eighty-one percent (81%) of Republicans and 65% of voters not affiliated with either major political party think the country is on the wrong track. 

Roughly 60% of men and women agree that the country is on the wrong track. 

The older the voter, the more likely he or she is to think the country is headed in the wrong direction. 

Sixty-seven percent (67%) of white voters say the country is on the wrong track. Fifty-four percent (54%) of blacks and a plurality (48%) of other minority voters believe the country is headed in the right direction. 

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