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Majority of Americans Believe the U.S. Is Heading in the Wrong Direction

Today is Independence Day and with it the United States celebrates its freedom and overall commitment to democracy. A recent poll by The Economist and YouGov has revealed that the majority of American citizens do not believe in the president, Congress, and the overall direction of the country.

The poll was conducted between June 27 and 29 and asked 1,000 American citizens over the age of 18 several questions. The margin of error was 4 percent.

Obama Approval:

  • Disapprove – 49%
  • Approve – 48%

Congress Approval:

  • Disapprove – 58%
  • Approve – 13%

Direction of Country:

  • Wrong – 60%
  • Right – 32%


President Barack Obama’s approval ratings continue to remain stagnant. This is a normal trend that Obama hasn’t been able to break for most of his presidency. These numbers will not change as he rides out his final term and the most Obama can do at this point is pick a nominee for the Democrats and encourage voters to side with them.

In terms of Congress, their approval ratings continue to remain low as the majority of Americans have become fed up with a political system which is so divided on party lines and petty politics. In most cases, Congress isn’t interested in passing meaningful legislation, but instead, they seek to score victories purely on party lines at the expense of American voters. Today’s Congress is best labeled as wasteful and unproductive.

It is not surprising that the majority of voters are angry with the direction of the country. The United States lacks both a clear foreign policy and has no domestic policy to speak of. It is impossible for the country to head in the right direction if there is no direction for the country to head in, and the politicians leading this country are clearly to blame for that. While Obamacare still exists, it is not enough and needs to develop into a system similar to Canada or Britain, Republican leadership are content committing the U.S. to another armed conflict, and big business continues to dominate the American landscape.

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