A survey shows that 58% of likely U.S. voters believe that the country is heading in the wrong direction, opposed to 35% who think things are on the right track, speaking to the level of U.S. political discord.
The results come from a new Rasmussen Reports, LLC national telephone and online survey for the week ended November 30, 2017. The national telephone survey is taken on a weekly basis and involves 2,500 likely voters.
This speaks to the fraught political times that the U.S. now finds itself in. The majority of voting Americans clearly believe that all is not well in their country, and that is reflected by the survey, which shows that low confidence has been the norm throughout 2017. Not once have the majority of Americans in the survey said that they believe the country is headed in the right direction. That level has dropped below 40% and remained there since April.
Much of this can certainly be attributed to U.S. political discord, as squabbles both small and large have dominated the political news this year. From personal attacks to stubborn partisan divides to massive legislative defeats, the U.S. political discord has hit a breaking point for many Americans, the survey would seem to suggest.
There has been little in the way of political stability in the country since the election of President Donald Trump, with his tenure so far marked by Congressional battles, personal feuds, a lack of legislative victories (the tax plan a lone exception coming nearly a year after stalled and failed policies). Whether one attributes that more to the Democrats or Republicans is a matter of opinion, but what is fact is that the political component of America is not functioning as it should, and that is reflected by the low numbers of confident U.S. voters.
Other factors that have likely contributed to this lack of confidence among U.S. voters are economic. While the stock market has largely enjoyed success throughout 2017, many manufacturing and retail jobs have been culled across the nation. Outsourcing is still continuing apace and housing prices remain sky-high, making it increasingly difficult for first-time homebuyers to enter the market and live out the American dream.
A final potential trigger for these weak confidence numbers is diplomacy. The U.S. has been engaged in tough talks with North Korea for many months now. The two nuclear-armed nations have gone back and forth, with their respective leaders at times trading petty personal insults or threatening total destruction.
All in all, the nation finds itself at a crossroads and mired in political, economic, and diplomatic concerns. How these problems resolve—or even if these problems resolve—will undoubtedly have a massive impact on future results from this survey.
“Right Direction or Wrong Track,” Rasmussen Reports, December 4, 2017.