Just 34% of American voters think the U.S. is heading in the right direction. This is a slight two-point increase from the 32% who said the same thing in the last week of October.
During much of the last year of Barack Obama’s presidency, the number of Americans who though the country was going in the right direction was in the mid- to upper-20s. In the first month of Donald Trump’s presidency, it climbed to the mid- to upper-40s.
Meanwhile, 60% of American voters think the U.S. is heading down the wrong track; that’s two points lower from the end of October.
Among American voters who “strongly approve” of the job Trump is doing, 81% think the country is going in the right direction. At the other end of the spectrum, 97% of American voters who “strongly disapprove” of the president’s job performance say the U.S. is on the wrong track.
Last year at this point, 30% of voters said the nation was heading in the right direction, while 63% said it was derailing and running down the wrong track.
Before Trump won the White House, Democrats were, as one would expect, more likely than Republicans and independent voters to think the U.S. was heading in the right direction.
Fast-forward to today, and a whopping 82% of Democrats think the nation is heading down the wrong path. Compare that to 52% of Republicans who believe the U.S. is heading in the right direction. Republicans might be getting more pessimistic; that’s actually down seven points (from 59%) from the end of October.
Almost two-thirds (62%) of independent voters think the country is on the wrong track. In the first week of November 2016, 67% of unaffiliated voters said they felt this way about the U.S.
Men are more likely than women to say the U.S. is heading in the right direction, but the majority of both groups still believe the country is on the wrong path.
A small 21% of black voters think the U.S. is going the right way, compared to 33% of white voters and 34% of other minorities.
“32% Say U.S. Heading in Right Direction,” Rasmussen Reports, November 6, 2017.