Is America Going Down the Wrong Path?

Posted on July 21, 2011. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , , , , , |

According to a recent national poll the vast majority of American voters believe the country is headed in the wrong direction.

Yesterday (Wednesday), Rasmussen Reports released the results of a national telephone survey that indicated just 21 percent of likely U.S. Voters “say the country is heading in the right direction.”

Clearly, there isn’t much confidence in our political leaders, which isn’t surprising given their performance of late.

The survey found that—“optimism in the nation’s current course has ranged from a low of 21 percent to a high of 40 percent since President Obama assumed office in January 2009. In April, prior to the killing of Osama bin Laden, the number of voters who felt the country was heading in the right direction fell into the low 20s, the lowest findings of the Obama presidency, but the figure climbed back up to 29 percent in early to mid-May.”

Seventy-one percent (71 percent) of voters say the country is heading down the wrong track—that is the highest level of pessimism measured since mid-April.

The report went on to say that “most Republicans (89 percent) and voters not affiliated with either political party (77 percent) believe the country is heading down the wrong track. Democrats are more narrowly divided.”

The national sense of pessimism was underscored by another recent Rasmussen survey that stated only 11 percent of Americans had confidence that home values will go up over the coming year—the lowest level ever recorded.

And if that news wasn’t depressing enough, fully one-in-three homeowners (33 percent) expect the value of his or her home to go down in the next 12 months, while 53 percent think their home will be worth the same amount this time next year.

Do you want more?

Most Americans remain worried about inflation and lack confidence in the Federal Reserve to keep inflation under control and interest rates down.

Again, according to Rasmussen Reports 79 percent of American adults are at least “somewhat concerned about inflation,” while only 19 percent say they are not concerned. These figures include 50 percent who are “very concerned” and only four percent who are “not at all concerned.”

I’m extremely concerned that all the bickering and gamesmanship up on the Hill and the seeming lack of concern by our leaders to address the country’s most pressing issue—creating jobs—has created a national atmosphere of festering gloom. We need our lawmakers to start leading by example and begin displaying a sense of shared purpose and determination to get America back on the right path—one of prosperity and more importantly—optimism.


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