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66% of Americans Believe the Country Is on the Wrong Track

McClatchy / Marist, 8/4

Direction of Country

  • Wrong Direction – 66%
  • Right Direction – 27%

A new McClatchy / Marist poll has revealed that 66% of Americans believe that the country is going in the wrong direction while only 27% supported the current path. The poll consisted of 1,035 adults and was conducted from August 4th to 7th. The margin of error for the poll was 3%.

In terms of the political makeup of the people who voted in the poll, 17% identified as strong Democrats, 15% as strong Republicans, 2% as other, and various others leaning towards either side, but identifying as independents. In addition, 6% identified as very liberal, 16% as liberal, 36% as moderate, 30% as conservative, and 11% as very conservative. The poll was 48% male and 52% female. 36% were under the age of 45, while 64% were over the age of 45. Ethnically, the poll consisted of 71% white voters, 12% African American, 11% Latino, and 6% identified as ‘other.’ For other voter statistics, refer to the link above.

It is not surprising that the majority of those who voted believe the country is headed in the wrong direction. Little to no social progress has been made and now the United States is knee-deep in the Middle East, a position that resummons bitter memories of the Iraq War. Congress has been ineffective in providing any substantial results and the entire country is caught in a political deadlock that seems unlikely to change any time soon.

Stress is felt on both ends of the political spectrum. The Democrats are locked into place by a house of uncooperative Republicans and the Republicans are unwilling to provide the Democrats with any sort of a political victory, no matter how small, with elections on the horizon. There isn’t much hope for change at the moment and until a real decision is made on how to handle the situation in the Middle East, average Americans will continue to denounce the direction of the country as a whole.

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