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Most Voters Say U.S. Still Not on Right Economic Course

Thursday, December 23, 2010

The government still doesn't have it right when it comes to the economy, as far as most voters are concerned.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that just 24% of Likely Voters say the current policies of the federal government have put the U.S. economy on the right course.  Fifty-seven percent (57%) disagree, while another 19% are not sure. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

These findings show virtually no change from mid-September, just after President Obama stated in a press conference that “the policies that we have put in place have moved us in the right direction.

Most notably since Election Day, the president and senior congressional Republicans worked out a deal that extended the Busy tax cuts for all Americans, gave Americans a one-year break on the payroll tax for Social Security and continued state and national unemployment benefits for up to 99 weeks. But support for that deal was beginning to fall just before the Congress approved it.

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The survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted on December 19-20, 2010 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.


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