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Right Direction or Wrong Track

30% Say U.S. Heading in Right Direction

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Thirty percent (30%) 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 January 18. 

This finding is unchanged from the week before. The number of voters who think the country is heading in the right direction was below 30% most weeks last year.

Sixty percent (60%) of voters now believe the nation is headed down the wrong track, down one point from last week.

A year ago at this time, 30% said the country was heading in the right direction, while 62% thought it was headed down the wrong track. 

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 The national telephone survey of 2,800 Likely Voters was conducted by Rasmussen Reports from January 12-18, 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.

Fifty-two percent (52%) of Democrats say the country is headed in the right direction. Eighty-six percent (86%) of Republicans and 64% of voters not affiliated with either major political party think the country is on the wrong track. 

Forty-nine percent (49%) of black voters say the country is headed in the right direction, but 66% of white voters and 48% of other minority voters disagree.

Voters 40 and over are more pessimistic about the direction of the country than younger voters are. 

Veterans are more likely to say the country is headed down the wrong track than those who have never served.

Most voters suspect that President Obama’s proposed tax increase on the wealthiest Americans will lead to more taxes on the middle class as well.

Confidence in the housing market is now at its highest level since early 2009 and most homeowners are confident their homes have increased in value since when they first bought it.

Americans are also starting 2015 off with their most positive view of the country’s banking system since before the Wall Street meltdown.

It’s been a difficult year for race relations in the United States, but most Americans still think they can talk honestly about race with each other.

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