27% Say U.S. Heading in Right Direction
Wednesday, June 25, 2014
Twenty-seven percent (27%) 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 22.
This is up one point from 26% the week before, the lowest finding since early December 2013. The number who say the country is heading in the right direction has now been less than 30% for 15 of the 25 weeks this year.
Early last October during the federal government shutdown, confidence in the country’s course fell to 13%, the lowest finding in five years.
Sixty-five percent (65%) of voters now think the country is headed down the wrong track, a two-point improvement from the previous week. Eighty percent (80%) felt the country was on the wrong track in early October.
A year ago, 30% said the country was heading in the right direction, while 62% 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 16-22, 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-eight percent (88%) of Republicans and 71% of voters not affiliated with either major political party think the country is on the wrong track. Democrats think the country is headed in the right direction by a 48% to 40% margin.
Ninety-two percent (92%) 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 (52%) of black voters thinks the country is heading in the right direction. Seventy-one percent (71%) of whites and 60% of other minority voters disagree.
Eighty-five percent (85%) of conservative voters and 60% of moderates believe the country is headed down the wrong track. Liberals are almost evenly divided.
Sixty-five percent (65%) of the Political Class believe the country is heading in the right direction, while 78% of Mainstream voters think it is headed down the wrong track
Only 25% of all voters think their representative in Congress deserves reelection.
Fifty-one percent (51%) think the U.S. health care system will get worse under Obamacare.
Forty-four percent (44%) of Americans say it’s a good time for someone in their area to be selling a house. That's the first time this number has broken the 40% mark in over five years of regular surveying.
Eighty-five percent (85%) say they are likely to be paying more for a gallon of gas soon, and most think it’s because the big oil companies will use the crisis in Iraq as an excuse to raise prices.
Roughly a third (32%) owe more money now than they did a year ago, the highest finding since March 2012. Fifty-three percent (53%) expect interest rates to be higher a year from now.
Fifty-four percent (54%) think schools place too much emphasis on standardized testing these days.
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