More Americans Say Country Headed in Wrong Direction

By:  Bob Adelmann
09/30/2013
       
More Americans Say Country Headed in Wrong Direction

A dozen public opinion polls and two studies by conservative think tanks show that more and more Americans think the country is headed in the wrong direction.

Last week’s poll from Bloomberg showed that 68 percent of Americans — two out of every three — say that the country is heading in the wrong direction. This is the most in two years and a substantial increase just since the first of the year. In addition, it appears that more Americans are blaming President Obama as the cause, as those holding an unfavorable view of the president now outnumber those with a favorable view for the first time since his election in 2008.

Since the first of the year, the number of Americans who think the country is headed in the right direction has fallen from 38 to 25 percent, while the number of those who think it’s headed in the wrong direction has jumped from 55 to 68 percent.

Bloomberg isn't alone. PollingReport.com published the results of more than a dozen other polls taken around the same time with similar outcomes. For instance, the CBS News/New York Times Poll conducted September 19-23 showed that 66 percent think the country is headed in the wrong direction — a jump from 57 percent — while just 29 percent think it’s headed in the right direction — a decline from 38 percent — since the first of the year. Similar results showed up in the polls of NBC News/Wall Street Journal; Gallup; ABC News/Washington Post; and Pew Research Center. Gallup showed three out of four (75 percent) “dissatisfied with the way things are going in the United States at this time,” while just 22 percent are “satisfied.”

In a related question in the Bloomberg poll, more than twice as many Americans think that America’s “economic standing in the world” will be worse in the next 12 months than those who think it will be better: 41 percent to 19 percent. This lines up almost exactly with the results just published by two of Washington’s largest conservative think tanks: the Heritage Foundation and the Cato Institute.

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