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26% Say U.S. Heading in Right Direction

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Twenty-six percent (26%) 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 June 15.

This is down four points from the week before and the lowest finding since early December 2013. The number who say the country is heading in the right direction has been in the narrow range of 28% to 30% for 21 out of the 26 weeks 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-seven percent (67%) of voters now think the country is headed down the wrong track, up five points from last week. This is the highest finding since the end of November. Eighty percent (80%) felt the country was on the wrong track in early October.

A year ago, 29% said the country was heading in the right direction, while 63% said it was going down the wrong track.

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The national telephone survey of 3,500 Likely Voters was conducted by Rasmussen Reports on June 9-15, 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 71% of voters not affiliated with either major political party think the country is on the wrong track. Democrats are evenly divided.
 Ninety-seven percent (97%) of voters who say they are members of Tea Party believe the country is on the wrong track. Fifty-nine percent (59%) of those not associated with that movement agree.

Half (49%) of black voters thinks the country is heading in the right direction. Seventy-two percent (72%) of whites and 60% of other minority voters disagree.
 Eighty-six percent (86%) of conservative voters and 62% of moderates believe the country is headed down the wrong track. Liberals by a 48% to 42% margin believe it is heading in the right direction.

Sixty-three percent (63%) of the Political Class believe the country is heading in the right direction, while 79% of Mainstream voters think it is headed down the wrong track

Democrats lead Republicans by two points on the latest Generic Congressional Ballot.  

Eighty-three precent (83%) of working Americans identify themselves as middle class, and more voters than ever (67%) think the U.S. economy is unfair to the middle class.

Fifty-five percent (55%) of voters expect government spending to go up even more under President Obama, but 63% believe the government should cut spending instead to help the economy.

Sixty-three percent (63%) think it is unlikely that most of the current problems with the new national health care law will be fixed within the next year. Forty-eight percent (48%) think that the quality of health care will suffer under Obamacare.

Thirty-nine percent (39%) of homeowners expect their home’s value to go up over the next year. That’s the highest level of short-term confidence in five years of regular tracking.

Fifty-two percent (52%) are at least somewhat confident in the stability of the nation’s banks again this month, but that compares to 68% in July 2008.

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