28% Say U.S. is Heading in Right Direction
Wednesday, April 02, 2014
Twenty-eight percent (28%) 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 March 30.
This finding is down one point after holding steady at 29% for three weeks in a row.
Early last October during the federal government shutdown, confidence in the country’s course fell to 13%, the lowest finding in five years.
Sixty-four percent (64%) of voters now think the country is headed down the wrong track. That’s up one point from the previous week. Eighty percent (80%) felt the country was on the wrong track in early October.
A year ago, 35% said the country is heading in the right direction; 57% disagreed.
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The national telephone survey of 3,500 Likely Voters was conducted by Rasmussen Reports on March 24-30, 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 75% 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 36% think it is on the wrong track.
Fifty percent (50%) of black voters think the country is headed in the right direction. Just 23% of whites and 35% of other minority voters agree.
Eighty-six percent (86%) of conservative voters and 59% of moderates believe the country is heading down the wrong track. Half of liberals (51%) believe it is headed in the right direction.
Seventy-four percent (74%) of the Political Class believe the country is heading in the right direction, but only 18% of Mainstream voters agree.
Democrats hold a one-point lead over Republicans on the latest Generic Congressional Ballot.
Forty-six percent (46%) oppose the so-called individual mandate in the new national health care law that requires every American to buy or obtain health insurance. Forty percent (40%) favor the requirement.
Just 24% now think the U.S. economy will be stronger a year from now.
The president’s monthly job approval rating fell back two points to 47% in March. Obama's approval rating had been climbing steadily in recent months from 45% in November, the lowest monthly finding in two years.
Forty-seven percent (47%) think it will take housing prices more than three years to recover from the downturn that began in 2008.
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