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Voters Continue to Disagree with the Direction of the Country

Rasmussen Reports, 10/14 – 10/20

Direction of the Country, Ebola II

  • Right Direction – 26%
  • Wrong Direction – 66%
  • Undecided – 8%

Rasmussen Reports has released the latest results detailing the overall opinion on the direction that the United States is heading in. Overall, voters are angry and do not support the current path. 26 percent of voters believe that the country is on the right path, 66 percent do not, and 8 percent were undecided.

If an election were to occur today, voters would be split, at 41 percent, between the two parties.

Where are these abysmal numbers coming from? It is no secret that voters are fed up of the current government. President Obama is often criticized for not doing enough, or in some cases, doing too much, Congress suffers from the same criticisms, and the policies of the U.S. seem ineffective on all levels.

Ebola is the current hot issue and the majority of Americans feel that the government has failed so far in its response. Rasmussen Reports asked 1,000 voters various questions about the outbreak. 35 percent stated that the government has done a poor job, 30 percent fair, 22 percent good, and 9 percent excellent.

60 percent of voters want to see a ban on travel to countries deemed high risk for Ebola. Major right-wing critics slammed Obama for his refusal to close traffic to West Africa, a task that is not as easy as it sounds.

58 percent of voters were confident in the American medical system to handle Ebola, 41 percent were not.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention had a favorability rating of 54 percent amongst American voters, while 40 percent had an unfavorable opinion of it.

If Obama is interested in putting the country on the right track, Ebola is an easy way to reestablish trust with voters. The average American fears Ebola and doesn’t truly understand how it works. If he can create the illusion of security with voters, convincing them that Ebola has been contained, he will drastically improve his ratings.

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