28% Say U.S. Heading in Right Direction
Wednesday, September 17, 2014
Twenty-eight percent (28%) of Likely U.S. Voters think the country is heading in the right direction, but 64% say it is heading down the wrong track, according to a new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey for the week ending September 14.
The number saying the country is heading in the right direction is up two points from previous week, and has been below 30% most weeks during the past year. The number of voters who now think the country is heading down the wrong track has dropped one point from a week ago.
Early last October during the partial federal government shutdown, confidence in the country’s course fell to 13%, the lowest finding in five years, with 80% who said the country was on the wrong track. Just prior to the shutdown, 30% said the country was heading in the right direction, while 61% 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 September 8-14, 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-seven percent (87%) of Republicans and 67% of voters not affiliated with either major political party think the country is on the wrong track. Democrats believe the country is headed in the right direction by a 48% to 41% margin.
Half (52%) of blacks think the country is headed in the right direction. Seventy percent (70%) of whites and 57% of other minority voters think the country is headed in the wrong direction.
Eighty-four percent (84%) of conservatives and 61% of moderates say the country is headed down the wrong track. Half (49%) of liberals think it's headed in the right direction.
Forty-nine percent (49%) of the Political Class believe the country is headed in the right direction, but 74% of Mainstream voters disagree.
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