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30% Say U.S. Heading in Right Direction

Wednesday, June 04, 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 June 1.

This is up one point from the week before. The number who say the country is heading in the right direction has been in the narrow range of 28% to 30% for 20 out of the 24 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-three percent (63%) of voters now think the country is headed down the wrong track, up one point from the week before. Eighty percent (80%) felt the country was on the wrong track in early October.

A year ago, 32% said the country was heading in the right direction, while 59% 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 May 26-June 1, 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 70% of voters not affiliated with either major political party think the country is on the wrong track. Among Democrats, 52% believe the country is heading in the right direction, while 39% think it is headed down the wrong track.
     
 Ninety percent (90%) of voters who say they are members of Tea Party believe the country is on the wrong track. Fifty-seven percent (57%) of those not associated with that movement agree.

Fifty-seven percent (57%) of black voters think the country is heading in the right direction. Sixty-eight percent (68%) of whites and 59% of other minority voters disagree.
     
 Eighty-six percent (86%) of conservative voters and 55% of moderates believe the country is headed down the wrong track. Fifty-four percent (54%) of liberal voters believe it is heading in the right direction.

Sixty-six percent (66%) of the Political Class  believe the country is heading in the right direction, while 76% of Mainstream voters think it is headed down the wrong track.
     
 The Rasmussen Employment Index which measures worker confidence jumped five points in May to its highest level in over six years of monthly tracking.

But 75% of Americans believe it will be difficult for young people to find summer jobs in the current economy, with 31% who say it will be Very Difficult.

More Americans (31%) say they owe more money this month, but most (58%) say their interest rates haven't changed.

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