Right Direction or Wrong Track
26% Say U.S. Heading in Right Direction
Wednesday, October 29, 2014
Twenty-six percent (26%) 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 October 26.
The number who say the country is heading in the right direction is unchanged from a week ago. This finding has now been in the 23% to 27% range nearly every week since early June and has been below 30% most weeks for the past year.
Sixty-six percent (66%) of voters now believe the nation is headed down the wrong track. This is also unchanged from the previous survey.
A year ago at this time, one week after the end of the partial federal government shutdown, 25% said the country was heading in the right direction, while 68% thought it was heading down the wrong track.
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The national telephone survey of 3,500 Likely Voters was conducted by Rasmussen Reports on October 20-26, 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. Democrats say the country is heading in the right direction by a 48% to 40% margin.
Fifty-four percent (54%) of voters who would choose the Democratic candidate if their local congressional election were held today believe the country is headed in the right direction. Ninety-three percent (93%) of those who would choose the GOP candidate instead say the country is headed down the wrong track.
Only roughly one-quarter of voters of all ages think the country is headed in the right direction.
Seventy-one percent (71%) of whites and 55% of other minority voters say the country is on the wrong track. Blacks disagree by a 43% to 38% margin.
Seventy-three percent (73%) of the Political Class believe the country is headed in the right direction, but 76% of Mainstream voters disagree.
Voters continue to think American society is generally fair and decent, and a large majority maintain that those who immigrate here should adopt the culture, language and heritage of this country.
But white voters are nearly twice as likely as blacks to believe America is a more divided nation than it was four years ago.
Just one-in-three Americans rate the performance of the nation's schools positively.
Voters overwhelmingly support quarantines on health workers who have had contact with Ebola.
Voters still expect Obamacare to increase health care costs.
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