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29% Say U.S. Heading in Right Direction

Wednesday, March 19, 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 16.

That’s unchanged from the previous week and down from a recent high of 32% three 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-two percent (62%) of voters now think the country is headed down the wrong track. That’s down two points from the previous week. Eighty percent (80%) felt the country was on the wrong track in early October.

A year ago, 31% said the country is heading the right direction, and 60% disagreed.

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The national telephone survey of 3,500 Likely Voters was conducted by Rasmussen Reports on March 10-16, 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 67% 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-nine percent (59%) of black voters think the country is headed in the right direction. Just 23% of whites and 39% of other minority voters agree.

Eighty-six percent (86%) of conservative voters and 57% of moderates believe the country is heading down the wrong track. Most liberals (55%) believe it is headed in the right direction.

Fifty-nine percent (59%) 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, 93% say the country is on the wrong track.

Republicans have the lead for the first time in over a month on the latest Generic Congressional Ballot.

Overall confidence is down from January’s record high, but 51% are still at least somewhat confident in the stability of the U.S. banking industry.

Fifty-three percent (53%) expect the health care system to get worse under Obamacare, while 30% expect the president’s health care law to make the health care system better.

Eighty-four percent (84%) of American Adults report paying more for groceries today than a year ago, which is the highest finding in over a year.

President Obama ordered the Labor Department last week to revise federal rules to allow more workers to qualify for overtime pay. Forty-one percent (41%) believe increasing the number of people eligible for overtime pay will hurt businesses.

Fifty-two percent (52%) believe the economy is unfair to those who work hard.

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