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33% Say U.S. Heading in Right Direction

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Thirty-three percent (33%) of Likely U.S. Voters say the country is heading in the right direction, according to a new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey taken the week ending Sunday, March 24.

Voter optimism in the nation’s current course is up two points from the previous week and is line with attitudes at the beginning of the year. Confidence in the nation's course peaked at a high of 43% the week before Election Day but has gradually come down since then.

When President Obama assumed office in January 2009, the number of voters who felt the country was heading in the right direction rose to 27% and then climbed into the 30s, peaking at 40% in early May of that year. In 2010 and 2011, confidence steadily decreased down to the narrow range of 14% to 19%, levels similar to those measured in the final months of the George W. Bush administration. Optimism began climbing again in mid-December 2011.

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The national telephone survey of 3,500 Likely Voters was conducted by Rasmussen March 18-24, 2013. 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.

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