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30% Say U.S. Heading in Right Direction

Monday, June 08, 2015

Thirty percent (30%) of Likely U.S. Voters now think the country is heading in the right direction, according to a new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey for the week ending June 4.

This finding is up two point from 28% the week before and is the first time in nearly two months that this finding has edged out of the 20s. From late December through the beginning of March, 30% or more of voters said every week that the country was heading in the right direction after generally being in the mid- to high 20s weekly since mid-June 2013.

Sixty-three percent (63%) now believe the nation is headed down the wrong track, down two points from a week ago.

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

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The national telephone survey of 2,500 Likely Voters was conducted by Rasmussen Reports from May 31-June 4, 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.

Seventy-nine percent (79%) of Republicans and 68% of voters not affiliated with either major political party think the country is on the wrong track. Democrats are almost evenly divided. 

Most voters of all ages agree the country is headed in the wrong direction, but voters 40 and over believe that even more strongly.

Seventy percent (70%) of whites believe the country is headed down the wrong track, a view shared by just 44% of blacks and 43% of other minority voters. 

The more one earns, the more likely he or she is to think the country is heading in the right direction. 

With all the focus on the problem of illegal immigration, we often lose sight of the fact that most Americans continue to welcome those who immigrate to this country legally.  They’re even more welcoming if illegal immigration can be stopped first. As far as legal immigration is concerned, voters are more about fair play than about what might be better for the country.

Voters remain very positive about immigrants who come to the United States to work hard, support their families and pursue the American Dream. The problem is that far fewer voters think that is what most immigrants have in mind.

Voters continue to overwhelmingly believe that Americans need to prove their identity before casting a vote.

Concern about global warming is up from recent months, but voters still aren’t totally convinced that humans are to blame. Most also aren't ready to pay much, if anything, to fight global warming.

Americans have a love/hate relationship with the National Security Agency, but the love side of the equation’s been growing as they worry more about the threat of Islamic terrorism.

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