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29% Say U.S. is Heading in Right Direction

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Twenty-nine (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 May 18.

This is unchanged from the week before. The number who say the country is heading in the right direction had been in the narrow range of 28% to 30% for 17 out of the 21 weeks since then.

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

A year ago, 30% said the country is heading in the right direction while 62% said it was going down the wrong track.

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 The national telephone survey of 3,500 Likely Voters was conducted by Rasmussen Reports on May 12-18, 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-five percent (88%) of Republicans and 67% of voters not affiliated with either major political party think the country is on the wrong track. Among Democrats, 50% believe the country is heading in the right direction, while 39% think it is headed down the wrong track.
 Married voters and those with children in the home are more pessimistic about the country's direction than those who are not married and don't have children living with them.

Fifty-six percent (56%) of black voters think the country is heading in the right direction. Sixty-eight percent (68%) of whites and 64% of other minority voters disagree.
 Eighty-five percent (86%) of conservative voters and 55% of moderates believe the country is headed down the wrong track. Fifty-two percent (52%) of liberal voters believe it is heading in the right direction.
 Sixty-four percent (64%) of the Political Class believe the country is heading in the right direction, while 73% of Mainstream voters think it is headed down the wrong track.
 Democrats have a four-point lead over Republicans on the latest Generic Congressional Ballot.

Eighty-three percent (83%) say most voters are not informed about what they vote on.

Thirty-eight percent (38%) of homeowners expect their home’s value to go up over the next year.

Forty-five percent (45%) now say reducing the income gap is more important than encouraging free market competition

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