If it's in the News, it's in our Polls. Public opinion polling since 2003.


35% Say U.S. Heading in Right Direction

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Thirty-five percent (35%) 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 25. 

This finding is up five points from the week before and is the highest level of confidence since March 2013. The number of voters who think the country is heading in the right direction was below 30% most weeks for the past year.

Fifty-seven percent (57%) of voters now believe the nation is headed down the wrong track, but that's down three points from the previous week. It's the lowest finding since March 2013.

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

President Obama's daily job approval ratings rose briefly to their highest levels in several months just after his State of the Union address last week but have since returned to their earlier levels. Democrats also have jumped to a three-point lead on the Generic Congressional Ballot. It will be interesting to see whether the latest Generic Ballot and right direction findings signal a trend or are just temporary spikes.

Economic and investor confidence, however, remain at their highest levels in several years.

(Want a free daily e-mail update? If it's in the news, it's in our polls). Rasmussen Reports updates are also available on Twitter or Facebook.
 The national telephone survey of 2,800 Likely Voters was conducted by Rasmussen Reports from January 19-25, 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-nine percent (59%) of Democrats say the country is headed in the right direction. Eighty-two percent (82%) of Republicans and 59% of voters not affiliated with either major political party think the country is on the wrong track. 

Sixty-three percent (63%) of white voters say the country is on the wrong track. Fifty-eight percent (58%) of black voters say the country is headed in the right direction. Other minority voters are almost evenly divided.

The older the voter, the more likely he or she is to think the country is headed in the wrong direction.`

Voters who work for the government are more likely than those in the private sector to think the country is headed the right way.

Investors are more positive about the direction of the country than non-investors.

While voters generally favor some of the proposals outlined by President Obama in his State of the Union address, they don’t agree that we’ve completely turned the corner economically.

Americans are sending positive signals about much of the economy, but they still remain deeper in debt than they were last year at this time.

Concern about inflation appears to be trending down, and Americans are more confident in the federal government to handle it.

While homeowner confidence in home values has reached new highs, Americans as a whole still aren’t convinced that it’s a good time to put a house on the market

Crosstabs and historical data are available to Platinum Members only.

Please sign up for the Rasmussen Reports daily e-mail update (it’s free) or follow us on Twitter or Facebook. Let us keep you up to date with the latest public opinion news.

Rasmussen Reports is a media company specializing in the collection, publication and distribution of public opinion information.

We conduct public opinion polls on a variety of topics to inform our audience on events in the news and other topics of interest. To ensure editorial control and independence, we pay for the polls ourselves and generate revenue through the sale of subscriptions, sponsorships, and advertising. Nightly polling on politics, business and lifestyle topics provides the content to update the Rasmussen Reports web site many times each day. If it's in the news, it's in our polls. Additionally, the data drives a daily update newsletter and various media outlets across the country.

Some information, including the Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll and commentaries are available for free to the general public. Subscriptions are available for $4.95 a month or 34.95 a year that provide subscribers with exclusive access to more than 20 stories per week on upcoming elections, consumer confidence, and issues that affect us all. For those who are really into the numbers, Platinum Members can review demographic crosstabs and a full history of our data.

To learn more about our methodology, click here.