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Disapproval Over US Direction Up 20% Since 2012

From Fox News:

Fox News Poll: 73 percent dissatisfied with direction of country, up 20 points from 2012

By Dana Blanton | October 24, 2013

Nearly three-quarters of American voters are dissatisfied with the way things are going in the country today, and almost all of them rate the economy negatively. Moreover, as more Democrats join the ranks of the disaffected, the dissatisfaction is increasingly bipartisan. That’s according to a Fox News national poll released Thursday.

Overall, the poll finds 73 percent of voters are dissatisfied with how things are going.  That’s up from 63 percent who felt that way in July, and 53 percent last October. Likewise, satisfaction with the country’s direction is down and now stands at 26 percent.  A year ago it was 46 percent (October 2012).

Where were these people a year ago, when we needed them?

Satisfaction is much higher among Democrats than it is among independents and Republicans… Even so, much of the current overall decline in satisfaction comes from Democrats. Forty-one percent of Democrats are satisfied with the direction of the country today, down from 54 percent in July and 77 percent in October 2012.  That’s a 36 percentage-point slide over the past year.

So Obama is not only losing the ‘precious Independents,’ he is losing his own base. And yet the media says it’s the GOP that needs to re-invent itself. Go figure.

There’s been a smaller, yet still significant decline in satisfaction among independents: 22 percent are happy with the way things are going now. That’s down from 28 percent in July and 38 percent a year ago. Most Republicans are dissatisfied now (87 percent) and were equally dissatisfied a year ago (86 percent, October 2012).

The overall drop in satisfaction goes hand-in-hand with ratings of the economy. People were more likely to rate the economy positively a year ago: just eight percent say it’s in good condition today, while twice as many gave the economy positive marks last October (16 percent excellent or good).

The overwhelming consensus is the nation’s economy is in bad shape:  43 percent rate it as only fair, while nearly half — 49 percent — rate it as poor…

And while the economy is clearly causing much of the dissatisfaction, the nation’s political leaders shoulder some blame as well.  Disapproval of Congress is at an all-time high (85 percent) and President Obama’s disapproval rating of 53 percent is just below his high watermark of 54 percent recorded last month…

But why is his disapproval rate is only at 53%? It just doesn’t add up.

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Friday, October 25th, 2013. Comments are currently closed.

2 Responses to “Disapproval Over US Direction Up 20% Since 2012”

  1. preparing4theworst

    Last poll I saw put O at 37% approval….

  2. I’d hazard that Poll is skewed ..




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