Rasmussen: Voters Say US Still on Wrong Track

Wednesday, 30 May 2012 04:43 PM

By Todd Beamon

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For the second straight week, a Rasmussen Poll has found that a majority of Americans think the U.S. is on the wrong track — with the results breaking down heavily along political party lines.

Sixty-two percent of Likely Voters surveyed during the week ending on Sunday still believe the nation is heading down the wrong track — little changed from the 63 percent reporting last week.

Since January 2009, the level of voter pessimism about the nation’s course has ranged from a low of 57 percent to a high of 80 percent — but it generally has been in the low-to-mid-60s this year, the Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey says.

In addition, 86 percent of Republicans and 67 percent of voters not affiliated with either major party continue to believe the country is heading down the wrong track. Most Democrats, 59 percent, however, think the nation’s future course is positive.

And, 95 percent of those who said they would vote for GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney in November think the U.S. is on the wrong track, while 65 percent of those who would vote to re-elect President Barack Obama say the country is headed in the right direction. Twenty-five percent of the Obama voters said they think it's on the wrong track.

The national telephone survey of 3,500 Likely Voters was conducted by Rasmussen Reports from May 21 to May 27. The margin of sampling error for the survey is plus or minus 2 percentage points, with a 95 percent confidence level.

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