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Is The Country Heading In The Right Direction?

Do you think the United States is moving in the right direction?

President Barack Obama speaks at an interfaith vigil for the shooting victims from Sandy Hook Elementary School
President Barack Obama speaks at an interfaith vigil for the shooting victims from Sandy Hook Elementary School. (Olivier Douliery-Pool/Getty Images)

According to a Fairleigh Dickinson University Public Mind Poll released today, 50 percent of voters say the country is on the wrong track. Only 37 percent think the country is moving in the right direction.

“Democrats are much more likely to think the country is going in the right direction than Republicans are, but these figures are still abysmally low,” said Dan Cassino, FDU political science professor and poll analyst.

The results also show the lingering effects of the recession on voters. While younger voters are much more likely to be Democrats than older voters, they are no more likely to say that the country is on the right track. Forty-one percent of voters under 30 say that the country is on the right track, while 43 percent say that it’s on the wrong track. The figures for 30 to 45 year old voters are almost identical.

The poll also took a look at how Americans view President Barack Obama. Only 48 percent approve of the job the president is doing, and that includes only 11 percent of Republicans.

“The best way for a President to get things done is to show members of Congress that their constituents support the President,” said Cassino. “And these numbers are showing us that Republicans in Congress just don’t have to worry about that: it doesn’t look like ignoring the President is going to hurt them at all.”

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