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Tuesday, December 29, 2015

What America Thinks: Is America Ready for a Change?

As 2015 comes to a close and we move closer to the 2016 presidential election, how do voters feel about where the country is headed? What does America think?

In the weeks since mid-September, the number of U.S. voters who feel the country is heading in the right direction has been at the 24% to 26% level more than half the time – at or near the low for the year. Two-thirds of voters consistently say each week that the country is heading in the wrong direction.

Similarly, at the end of 2008, as President George W. Bush was finishing up his second term and the Iraq war was still raging, optimism was near its lowest point ever, with just 16% to 17% of voters saying the country was heading in the right direction. Three-quarters of voters felt it was on the wrong track. Optimism inched up only slightly to 21% just after Barack Obama was elected on a message of hope and change, but it settled back into the teens shortly after.

By the end of President Obama’s first year, those who said the country was going in the right direction hovered around 30%. By the end of his first term, it was in the mid-to-high 30s, jumping into the low 40s following his reelection. But it’s been going down ever since. It’s evident as we close out 2015 that Americans are ready again for a change.

For Rasmussen Reports, I’m Alex Boyer. Remember, if it’s in the news, it’s in our polls.