Twenty-one percent (21%) of Likely U.S. Voters say the country is heading in the right direction, according to a new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey taken the week ending Sunday, April 24. It's the fourth week in a row that the measurement has gone down, with confidence in the nation's course now reaching the lowest point of the Obama presidency.
Prior to this past week, the number saying the country is headed in the right direction has ranged from a low of 22% to a high of 35% since President Obama's inauguration in January 2009.
Seventy-one percent (71%) of voters now say the country is heading down the wrong track. Since January 2009, pessimism about the country's direction has ranged from 57% to 72%.
Leading up to Obama's inauguration, the number of voters who felt the country was heading in the right direction remained below 20%. The week of his inauguration, voter confidence rose to 27% and climbed into the low to mid-30s until mid-May of that year. Since then, belief that the country is heading in the right direction has been trending lower.
Fifty-two percent (52%) of black voters now say the country is heading in the right direction. Just 17% of white voters and 19% of voters of other races agree.
Most Republicans (91%) and voters not affiliated with either major political party (74%) believe the United States is heading down the wrong track. But now only 37% of Democrats think the country is heading in the right direction, while 51% say it's heading down the wrong track.
Sixty-one percent (61%) of Political Class voters still believe the country is heading in the right direction. Eighty-two percent (82%) of Mainstream voters disagree.
The Rasmussen Consumer and Investor Indexes have moved up slightly from the low for the year reached on Monday.
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