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Oh, look: Now that Dems have taken over House, most Americans think country heading in the wrong direction

By Jon Dougherty, editor-in-chief

A newly released NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll reveals that a sizeable majority of Americans now feel like the country is headed in the wrong direction.

According to the survey, “six-in-10 Americans believe the country is headed in the wrong direction, and nearly 70 percent of them have negative opinions on the state of the nation today,” NBC News reported.

Some of the terms used to describe the state of the nation were “wrong track,” “disarray,” “turmoil,” “polarized,” “concerned,” “shambles” and “declining.”

“Times are grim,” said Democratic pollster Peter Hart, who conducted the survey with Republican pollster Bill McInturff. “The shutdown is front and center.”

The shutdown.

NBC News reported that the survey was conducted before the deal announced by POTUS Doald Trump on Friday that he agreed to a 21-day stopgap funding measure that would reopen shuttered government agencies, paying strapped federal workers and giving lawmakers time to negotiate a longer-term bill that contains wall funding.

There is reason to believe the NBC News/WSJ poll is accurate. A Rasmussen survey published Jan. 21 found that just 33 percent of Americans believe the country is on the right track, down 3 percent from the previous week and way down from 43 percent in December.

That’s significant because, as Rasmussen notes, the figure “has been in the 30s since the current government shutdown began December 22.”

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“This finding ran in the 40s for most weeks last year after being in the mid- to upper 20s for much of 2016, President Obama’s last full year in office,” the polling firm noted further.

Of course, NBC News’ pollsters tried to blame the shutdown and the public’s disdain for it on Republicans.

“This poll looks a lot more like our December data than in October 2013,” when the GOP’s numbers plummeted during that shutdown more than five years ago, said McInturff.

But did the GOP’s numbers really “plummet” then? Because they went on in the 2014 midterms to widen their electoral majorities in the House and took over the Senate.

Likewise, this time, polling suggesting Republicans are getting blamed seems flawed because the fact is that the current souring of the public’s mood is directly tied to when Democrats took over the House…and the shutdown began.



First things first. The same NBC/WSJ survey has the president’s approval rating at a healthy 43 percent; Rasmussen has the president at 45 percent approval. The president’s support, as acknowledged by the NBC/WSJ survey and in Rasmussen’s daily polling numbers, has remained strong especially among his core supporters.

Besides that, a closer look at Rasmussen’s survey results over the past two years regarding the overall attitude among Americans about the direction of the country reveals that it changed — 180 degrees — from the moment Donald Trump won the 2016 election.

Rasmussen reports that the percentage of Americans who believed the country was heading in the right direction during the final year of Obama’s administration was in the 20s, but the percentage quickly rose to the 40s when Trump became president.

Now, suddenly, the positive outlook for America has tanked. And why? The government shutdown.

Well, why did that occur? A House-passed bill in December contained the amount of border wall funding the president requested but it did not pass in the Senate because Democrats wouldn’t support it, leading to the current shutdown.

Since then Speaker Nancy Pelosi has not only refused the president’s border wall funding request, but she also refused to even negotiate with him, electing instead to vacation in Hawaii while other Democrats partied in Puerto Rico with lobbyists.

The polling data from NBC/WSJ and Rasmussen make two things abundantly clear: The president’s supporters are still solidly with him; and the mood over the direction the country is headed dramatically soured after Democrats won the House, helped caused the shutdown, and then followed it up with their usual brand of obstructionist politics.

Bottom line: When Democrats run even a portion of government, most Americans have little faith that things will turn out well.

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Acoustic Conservative
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Acoustic Conservative

Good article. When given power leftists simply want more.
https://youtu.be/3BIFl6NDVek
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Vin Teer
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Vin Teer

When the demon dems won the house, I knew things would get worse and quickly and was not wrong. Pres. Trump turned out to be the right man as POTUS at the right time, but he cannot do it alone.

Bob S
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Bob S

nothing new there. everything the dems touch turns to chit

bobjones77
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“Now that Dems have taken over House, most Americans think country heading in the wrong direction”. Question: Are these the same morons who voted them into office?

robertm4777
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Yes, in Mi, our homes were finally worth something again. So, we vote in the dims. Face it, it really is over.

Eloise
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It’s time to build the wall using the military and get this issue done with. More caravans of illegals are reported to be heading to the U.S. border. The drug cartels have bought the support of so many leftist politicians that the wall will never get built if Democrats have their way. No more shutdowns. Finish the wall. Period.

Ron Nedos
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Ron Nedos

Headed in the wrong direction? Moving more like a rocket to hell. What do you expect when you vote democrat?

Rod
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Rod

Lets see, The Dem’s have just been in Office a few Weeks and Look how America has soured on them!

Let them Keep doing what they are doing and in 2 years the RePubs are in control of the House.

Every thing THEY say is about taking money out of your Pocket and Now Warren is proposing Seizure of You Assets. It doesn’t get any better than this.

Leave them alone they are doing a great Job putting their own rope around their Neck.

LOL LOL LOL

Marketable Me
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The only agenda Dems have is obstruction of/blaming Trump for all they themselves do (which is screw up everything always) and lying through their teeth to do so.

marty lopez
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To what point? Trump still can’t seem to get anything done, not anything that matters.

Unimpressed
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Unimpressed

In the same manner that Republicans are on trial for EXACTLY what the DNC and Clinton campaign paid a law firm to do, while the DNC and Clinton cabal party on…Republicans are blamed in the media for the things democrats do. This has been the case since I was a child, as far back as I recall paying attention – Reagan, Bush Sr. etc, while Tip O’neal (not president, but speaker of the house), Bill Clinton, Hillary Clinton (first lady of the white house to CLOSE THE DOORS of congress to the public for her ‘health care’ discussion – the… Read more »

Bennie Sprouse
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Bennie Sprouse

WHO was that IMMENSELY INTELLIGENT POS that said “elections have consequences”??? Every person who voted (just the LIVE ones) for a democrat should be taken out to a COW PASTURE. Once there, locate “cow pie” that is CRUSTED over – it barely has an odor. NOW, stick your finger in it and stir it around – notice the difference? Same thing with democrats. While they were out of power they were just a crusted turd and THEN you have to go and put them in charge of the House! Idiots!

Nabi
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Nabi

It’s all beginning to look like a huge gaslighting act, courtesy of all the players including Trump.

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