Just 23% 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, December 12. Down three points from last week, it’s the most pessimistic finding since January 2009.
Confidence that the country is moving in the right direction is down to 42% among Democrats from 59% the week before Election Day.
Among all voters, confidence in the nation’s current course had been hovering around the 30% mark since last November except for a brief burst of enthusiasm, largely among Democratic voters, just after Congress’ passage of the national health care bill in late March.
Seventy percent (71%) of voters say the country now is heading down the wrong track, the highest level found since March. Following passage of the health care bill, this number fell slightly but has since returned to levels found prior to the passage of the bill.
Forty-nine percent (49%) of those in President Obama’s party feel the country is on the wrong track. Eighty-nine percent (89%) of Republicans and 76% of voters not affiliated with either political party agree.