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31% Say U.S. Heading in Right Direction

Monday, July 13, 2015

Thirty-one percent (31%) 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 July 9.

This finding is down three points from 34% the week before which was a six-point jump from the previous survey and the highest level of confidence since early February. From late December through the beginning of March, 30% or more of voters said every week that the country was heading in the right direction, but the weekly findings fell back into the mid- to high 20s after that.

Sixty-three percent (63%) now believe the nation is headed down the wrong track, up two points from a week earlier.

Last week’s high reflected the first full week of polling since the recent U.S. Supreme Court rulings on Obamacare and gay marriage. While faith in the direction of the country has slipped since then, it’s still at its highest level since early March.

A year ago at this time, 25% felt the country was heading in the right direction, while 67% 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 July 5-9, 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-four percent (84%) of Republicans and 68% of voters not affiliated with either major political party think the country is on the wrong track. But 53% of Democrats think the country is going in the right direction. 

Most voters of all ages agree the country is headed in the wrong direction, but voters under 40 are less pessimistic than their elders. 

Sixty-seven percent (67%) of whites and 54% of other minority voters believe the country is headed down the wrong track; black voters are more closely divided.

Liberals are far more confident about the direction of the country than conservatives and moderates are. 

The more strongly a voter approves of President Obama's performance, the more likely he or she is to think the country is headed in the right direction. 

Most voters still don't believe the United States is doing all it can to develop its own energy resources, even as more than ever think America can kick its foreign oil dependency.

Donald Trump has taken a lot of criticism from Democrats and other Republican presidential hopefuls over his candid remarks about the criminality of many illegal immigrants, but most voters think Trump is right. Fifty-three percent (53%) of voters believe illegal immigration increases the level of serious crime in America.

Following the murder of a young woman in San Francisco by an illegal immigrant from Mexico, voters want to get tough on so-called “sanctuary cities” that refuse to enforce immigration laws.

Most voters expect biased media coverage of the 2016 presidential race, and the media response to recent immigration comments by Trump and Hillary Clinton is a good case in point.

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Most voters still favor across-the-board cuts in government spending, but that support lessens if the military budget or entitlements are taken off the chopping block.

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