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27% Say U.S. Heading in Right Direction

Monday, June 15, 2015

Twenty-seven percent (27%) 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 June 11.

This finding is down three points from 30% the week before, which was the first time in nearly two months that this finding had edged out of the 20s. 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 after generally being in the mid- to high 20s weekly since mid-June 2013.

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

A year ago at this time, 26% 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 June 7-11, 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 71% of voters not affiliated with either major political party think the country is on the wrong track. Democrats are evenly divided. 

Most voters of all ages agree the country is headed in the wrong direction, but voters 40 and over believe that even more strongly.

Sixty-nine percent (69%) of whites believe the country is headed down the wrong track, a view shared by 57% of blacks and 55% of other minority voters. 

The more one earns, the more likely he or she is to think the country is heading in the right direction. 

More voters than ever (44%)  now say the terrorists are winning the War on Terror.

Voters may question just how faithful President Obama has been to the U.S. Constitution, but they continue to stand firm in their own belief about the document that has been the supreme law of the United States for 227 years.

American voters overwhelming prefer living in a neighborhood where they have the option of owning a gun than to live where nobody is allowed to be armed. They still tend to see no need for more gun control in America and remain strongly opposed to a complete ban on handguns. But semi-automatic and assault-type weapons are another story.

Most U.S. voters are unaware that the number of legal immigrants outnumber those who come to the United States illegally.

A sizable number of voters think it’s time for a major new political party because Republicans and Democrats aren’t getting the job done.

Is America ready – finally – to go metric along with the rest of the world? No more miles, pounds and inches, but kilometers, grams and centimeters instead. Well, actually, no.

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