Tripled: The Number Of Americans Who Believe We’re Headed In The Right Direction
Since Obama has been president, three times as many Americans believe we’re headed in the right direction. They blame the financial services industry, not the new president, for the shape we’re in. The Washington Post-ABC News Poll give Obama a 66% approval rating, and 60% approval on the economy. Forty-two percent say we’re on the right track, compared to 15% in mid-December.
There is now a pronounced divergence between Democratic and Republican perceptions of the economy, a bigger partisan divide than the one that occurred 16 years ago after Bill Clinton took office. In early 1993, people in both parties were about equally likely to see the economy as improving, but now the number of Republicans who say it is souring is more than double that of Democrats.
A sharp rise in optimism has occurred among Democrats, who are about three times as likely to approve of the country’s course as they were just before Obama’s inauguration. Independents, too, are more optimistic, with twice as many feeling positive as in mid-January. Among Republicans, there has not been significant movement in either direction.
But, then aren’t Democrats generally more optimistic than Republicans? They don’t tend to think the world is being taken over by a giant conspiracy.Click here for reuse options!
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