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29% Say U.S. Heading in Right Direction

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Twenty-nine percent (29%) 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 9.

That’s up one point from 28% the previous week, the lowest level of optimism since mid-December, but down from a recent high of 32% two weeks ago. For most of the last three months, this finding has hovered in the 29% to 30% range.

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 unchanged from the previous week. Eighty percent (80%) felt the country was on the wrong track in early October. 

A year ago, the findings were identical: 29% said the country is heading in the right direction, and 64% disagreed.

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The national telephone survey of 3,500 Likely Voters was conducted by Rasmussen Reports on March 3-9, 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-nine percent (89%) of Republicans and 71% 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 on the wrong track.

Sixty percent (60%) of black voters think the country is headed in the right direction. Just 23% of whites and 33% of other minority voters agree.

An overwhelmingly majority (92%) of voters who are part of the Tea Party movement believe the country is heading down the wrong track. Among those not in the grassroots movement, 35% say the country is heading in the right direction, while 57% say it’s moving down the wrong track.

Fifty-eight percent (58%) of voters who chose the Democrat on the latest Generic Congressional Ballot think the country is headed in the right direction. Among those who opt for the Republican instead, 92% say the country is on the wrong track.

Democrats and Republicans are tied on the latest Generic Congressional Ballot.

President Obama has proposed $55 billion in new government spending for fiscal 2015, but 50% of voters think his administration has already raised spending too much.

Seventy-three percent (73%) of Americans know someone who is out of work and looking for a job, the highest level since last June. LINK Forty-six percent (46%) know someone who has given up looking for a job. 

Most Americans still believe private sector workers work harder than government employees but have less job security. One-out-of-two think government workers make more money, too.

Fifty-eight percent (58%) continue to believe that the cost of health care will go up under the new health care law.

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