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Right Direction or Wrong Track

28% Say U.S. Heading in Right Direction

Monday, June 01, 2015

Twenty-eight percent (28%) of Likely U.S. Voters now think the country is heading in the right direction, according to a new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey for the week ending May 28.

This finding is up one point from 27% the week before. In January and February, 30% or more of voters said the country was heading in the right direction after generally being in the mid- to high 20s since mid-June 2013.

Sixty-five percent (65%) now believe the nation is headed down the wrong track, unchanged from a week ago.

A year ago at this time, 30% felt the country was heading in the right direction, while 63% thought it was on the wrong track.

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The national telephone survey of 2,500 Likely Voters was conducted by Rasmussen Reports from May 24-28, 2015. The margin of sampling error for the survey is +/- 2 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.

Eighty-one percent (81%) of Republicans and 68% of voters not affiliated with either major political party think the country is on the wrong track. Democrats are almost evenly divided. 

Most voters of all ages agree the country is headed in the wrong direction, but the older the voter, the more likely he or she is to feel that way.

Seventy percent (70%) of whites believe the country is headed down the wrong track, a view shared by 50% of blacks and 49% of other minority voters.

Voters still tend to think the new national health care law isn't working and expect things to get even worse.

Can President Obama change Obamacare without Congress’ okay? That’s the question at the heart of a federal court hearing last week on a lawsuit filed by the House of Representatives. It’s the first ever lawsuit by the full House against a sitting president.

Just 11% feel most Americans are informed voters.

Sixty-one percent (61%) believe their vote really matters, but that’s down from a high of 86% in 2008. A sizable number of voters, including most Democrats, are ready to let illegal immigrants vote.

Only 34% favor the president’s plan to exempt up to five million illegal immigrants from deportation.

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