Thursday, July 28, 2011

Americans losting faith: Just 17% say country is on right track

Just 17% of Likely U.S. Voters now say the country is heading in the right direction, according to a new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey taken the week ending Sunday, July 24. That finding is the lowest measured since January 11, 2009.

From August 2007 to early January 2009, confidence in the nation’s current course ranged from a low of 10% to a high of 24%. When President Obama assumed office, optimism rose to 27% and climbed to the low to mid 30s until May 2009. That figure has steadily declined since.

Seventy-five percent (75%) of voters say the country is heading down the wrong track, the highest finding since early January 2009. Since that time, voter pessimism had ranged from 57% to 72%.

Most Republicans (91%) and voters not affiliated with either political party (77%) believe the country is heading down the wrong track. Even a strong majority (58%) of Democrats now say the country is heading in the wrong direction.

Forty percent (40%) of black voters say the country is heading in the right direction, a view shared by just 15% of white voters and just as many voters of other ethnicities (15%).

Roughly half (51%) of the Political Class are confident in the nation’s current course, while 84% of Mainstream voters are not.

Most males and females agree the country is on the wrong track. Voters under the age of 30 are slightly more positive about the nation’s current course than their elders.

Separate polling finds that consumer confidence has fallen to a new two-year low while investor confidence continues to hover just above the lowest levels of 2011. (more)