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Majority of Voters Believe That the U.S. Is Going in the Wrong Direction

Rasmussen Reports, 8/25 – 8/31

Direction of the Country

  • Right direction – 25%
  • Wrong direction – 66%
  • Undecided – 8%

A new Rasmussen Reports poll has revealed that the majority of Americans believe that the country is going in the wrong direction. 3,500 likely voters were asked several questions. Amongst those voters, 49% were male, 51% were female, 52% were between the ages of 40-64, 76% were white, 10% black, and 14% other, and 31% were Republican, 35% Democrat, and 34% politically identified as other.

In the recent weeks, Americans have been aggravated with the overall direction of the country. 25% of Americans believe that the country is heading in the right direction while 66% believe that it is going in the wrong direction.

Why are the disapproval ratings so high? Much of it has to do with the events unfolding in the Middle East, the numerous beheadings, and the overall chaotic appearance of the United States foreign policy. Barack Obama also continues to score low approval ratings for most major polling companies. Currently, 46% of voters approve of the job he has done while 52% do not. It is hard for voters to believe that the country is going in the right direction if they do not believe in the man they have elected to lead it. The balance is currently broken and until it is restored, the majority of voters will feel insecure about the United States and its role in the world.

Voters also identified which issues they believed were the most important. The economy came in first with 37% of the vote, national security and domestic issues tied at 17%, fiscal issues at 11%, cultural issues at 8%, and 10% of voters were undecided. Realistically, the economy and fiscal issues are related in many ways, so almost 48% of voters believe that the economy and the country’s finances are the most important issue. However, in the news, the most popular topics are the Middle East, ISIS, and other foreign policy nightmares.

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