Wednesday, March 26, 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 23.
This finding has held steady for three weeks now but is down from a recent high of 32% a month ago.
Early last October during the federal government shutdown, confidence in the country’s course fell to 13%, the lowest finding in five years.
Sixty-three percent (63%) 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, 33% said the country is heading the right direction, 59% disagreed.
The national telephone survey of 3,500 Likely Voters was conducted by Rasmussen Reports on March 17-23, 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 68% of voters not affiliated with either major political party think the country is on the wrong track. Among Democrats, 51% believe the country is heading in the right direction, while 37% think it is on the wrong track.
Fifty-nine percent (59%) of black voters think the country is headed in the right direction. Just 24% of whites and 34% of other minority voters agree.
Eighty-six percent (86%) of conservative voters and 56% of moderates believe the country is heading down the wrong track. Half of liberals (51%) believe it is headed in the right direction.
Fifty-six percent (56%) of voters who choose 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.
Democrats have taken a four-point lead on the latest Generic Congressional Ballot.
Americans are now evenly divided when asked if the U.S. justice system is fair.
Sixty-nine percent (69%) believe middle-class Americans currently pay a larger share of their income in taxes than wealthy people do.
Fifty-seven percent (57%) of homeowners say their home is worth more today than when they first bought it.
Voters still don’t like the new national health care law but are more supportive of government-mandated health insurance standards as long as consumers still can choose the kind of plan they want based on costs and coverage.
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