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End of October Generic Congressional Ballot Has the Republicans in the Lead

Rasmussen Reports, 10/20 – 10/26

Generic Congressional Ballot

  • Republicans – 43%
  • Democrats – 41%
  • Other – 4%
  • Undecided – 12%

A recent Generic Congressional Ballot by Rasmussen Reports has revealed that the Republicans have taken the lead. An end of October poll shows that 43 percent of voters prefer the Republican Party over the Democrat’s 41 percent. A mid-October poll had the two parties split at 41 percent each.

In the same poll, Barack Obama’s approval ratings were on par with the median. He achieved an approval rating of 47 percent, and a disapproval rating of 52 percent. However, 40 percent of voters strongly disapproved of him, highlighting an increasing dissatisfaction with the president.

Voters also believe the country is heading in the wrong direction. 66 percent expressed this belief, while 26 percent were satisfied with the direction of the country.

The most important issues in the eyes of voters remained largely unchanged. 35 percent said the economy, 18 percent domestic issues, 17 percent national security, 12 percent fiscal issues, and in last place, 8 percent said cultural issues.

It is not surprising that the economy remains one of the focal issues for voters. Many Americans suffer from being underpaid or unemployed and they are demanding alleviation from these two pressures. When it is a question of survivability, no one cares about culture. National security is also a major issue because of the growing threat of ISIS, and until a solution is reached that satisfies the masses, it will continue to be an important issue in the eyes of voters.

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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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Generic Congressional Ballot: Democrats and Republicans Split at 40

Rasmussen Reports, 10/6 – 10/12

Generic Congressional Ballot

  • Democrat – 40%
  • Republican – 40%
  • Other – 6%
  • Undecided – 15%

Rasmussen Reports has released their latest poll, the generic congressional ballot which looks at who voters would choose in an election, their opinion on Barack Obama, the direction of the country, and which issues they believe are the most important.

The party vote was split evenly at 40 percent for both parties. Voters are unsure of which party to vote for as both of them are clearly flawed.

In terms of demographics, the poll was 31 percent Republican, 36 percent Democrat, and 34 percent other.

Obama’s approval ratings are nothing fantastic, but they have remained statistically static in the mid-high 40s. Currently, his approval rating is 47 percent, down slightly from 48 on the previous poll. Many question his leadership and his overall ability to lead the United States, while others suggest that he can’t accomplish anything with the current Congress.

In support of this, 65 percent of the voters believe that the country is heading in the wrong direction, while only 27 percent support it. A lot of this has to do with the conflict in the Middle-East. The decision to commit is one that splits the country in half, but in reality, many voters are tired of seeing the U.S. committed to fighting in countries that provide no direct benefit to them.

In terms of issues, 35 percent of voters ranked the economy as the most important issue. This is not surprising, as most Americans want to see an increase in wages, their standard of living, and other economic gains. Both domestic issues and national security tied at 18 percent, while fiscal issues received 14 percent of the vote.

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

Rasmussen Reports, 15/9 – 21/9

Direction of the Country

  • Right Direction – 25%
  • Wrong Direction – 65%
  • Undecided – 10%

Not surprisingly, most Americans do not believe in the current direction of the country. A newly released Rasmussen Reports poll asked 3,500 likely U.S. voters several questions related to the direction of the country, their views on Barack Obama, a generic Congressional ballot, and what issues they felt were most important. The results demonstrated that 65 percent of the voters believe the country is heading in the wrong direction, 25 percent say it is heading in the right direction, and 10 percent were undecided. The margin of error for this poll was 2 percent.

The demographics for the poll were as follows: 49 percent of the voters were male, and 51 percent were female, 30 percent were aged 18-39, 52 percent were 40-64, and 18 percent were over the age of 65, 76 percent were white, 10 percent were black, and 14 percent were a different ethnicity, and 31 percent identified as Republican, 35 percent as Democrat, and 34 percent identified with a different party.

Obama’s approval was slightly better than his average amongst other polls. 46 percent of the voters approve of Obama, while 53 percent disapproved of him. If a generic congressional ballot were to take place, both parties would receive 40 percent of the votes. These results show how split the country is and how much distrust voters have for the political establishment. Both parties are viewed as ineffective.

36 percent of the voters believe that the economy is the most important issue, 21 percent say national security, 17 percent say domestic issues, 11 percent say fiscal issues, 6 percent say cultural issues, and 9 percent were unsure. Yet, the major focus of the government is the situation in the Middle East. Average Americans are fed up of policing the world and are more interested in rebuilding the economy within the country itself.

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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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