April Polls: Pessimism rises over country's direction
April 22nd, 2011
10:08 AM ET
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April Polls: Pessimism rises over country's direction

Washington (CNN) - Four national polls conducted this month indicate that pessimism on the direction the country's headed is on the rise.

A CBS News/New York Times survey released Thursday indicates that seven in ten Americans say that things are on the wrong track, with 26 percent saying the country's headed in the right direction. That 70 percent figure is up six points from March and 12 points from February.

According to a McClatchy/Marist poll conducted in mid April, by a 64 to 31 percent margin, the public says things are headed on the wrong track.

It was a similar story from a Reuters/Ipsos survey that was conducted in mid April, with 69 percent saying the country is headed on the wrong track, and from a NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll conducted at the beginning of April, with 63 percent saying things are on the wrong track.

The wrong track numbers in the McClatchy/Marist, Reuters/Ipsos, and NBC News/Wall Street Journal polls were all on the rise from their previous surveys.

The polls come as gas prices are soaring, and as partisan battles over the budget and the nation's massive deficit are raging.

The CBS News/New York Times poll was conducted April 15-20, with 1,224 national adults questioned by telephone. The survey's overall sampling error is plus or minus three percentage points.

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  1. rob

    Not a mention of President Obama? He is the leader of our country and 70% of those polled feel we are on the wrong track. This is his economy now, these are his wars now, the middle East is his.

    If this was McCain, his picture would be plastered all over this article. The media is in full protection mode.

    April 22, 2011 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  2. Fed Up

    Evidently, the 7 out of 10 people are thinking with their bank accounts, instead of listening to Obama. What a revelation!

    April 22, 2011 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  3. Patrick from Minnesota

    Giving all those Republicans their jobs back was a big mistake. Well it's two and the door for them.

    April 22, 2011 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  4. NC Jeff

    The track we're on is not because of Obama or Bush. Getting to the root of it all, it is because of US policy decided upon by the two party system and a president. There is balance with one side lobbing loads of crap to the other side continuosly keeping the see-saw in motion. A legitimate third party, maybe to represent the middle class would be a third point and make a plain. Face it, the Republicans are for Big Business and the Rich and the Democrats are for the poor and less fortunate and the people who are not represented is the middle class who the other two parties constantly try to sway in their favor but alway end up getting screwed. How about we eliminate the Presidential position and replace it with a third branch of legislature eliminating the Presidential budget and position and then taking the funding from both houses of congress and divide it by 3 instead of two. Keep the 2/3 majority needed to govern and get down to some serious governing.

    April 22, 2011 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  5. Gale

    Well, don't bother telling the President, he's out politicking, again!

    April 22, 2011 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  6. gt

    americans know were in deep trouble with our debt.... no matter how deep some stick there heads in the sand.....this spending must stop... we need jobs ... and most of all we need to get out of 2 wars....if we dont ...obama is toast...

    April 22, 2011 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  7. Ernie

    If these numbers are correct which I doubt, this would mean that Obama would be a "One and Done" President. This article suprised me because when these "pols" are conducted all the pollsters call their usual suspects meaning they have a list of people that they call to show the "Pols" to be working in Obama's favor, but now the "pols" look like they are not working in Obama's favor. Either the "pollster" are calling new people and finding out how people really feel the "pollsters" were in for a big suprise to see the numbers have gone aganist Obama. Since the numbers have now gone against Obama here comes the "Spin". The "pollster" have to make their guy look good, but as of right not Obama doesn't look to good.

    April 22, 2011 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  8. NVa Native

    There's still plenty of time to flush out all the lies and deceptions from the right wing propagandists.
    Obama is exposing the party of selfish children right on schedule.

    April 22, 2011 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  9. ThinkAgain

    My pessimism rises whenever I read about how much money these Republican yahoo presidential wannabes are raising; when polls show 20% think President Obama was born in Kenya/is a Muslim; when people buy into the lie that Republicans know anything about deficit reduction when every Republican Administration has ballooned the deficit; when Americans think that little states like New Hampshire and Iowa in some way determine the next election ...

    My pessimism rises when I talk to people who've never lived outside the US and can't see that the GOP is pushing to turn our nation into a third-world country by attacking the Middle Class and coddling multi-national corporations and the rich.

    In other words, my pessimism rises when Americans don't THINK!

    April 22, 2011 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  10. rusty155

    The Problem was you put the Republican In control of the House. Big mistake, they are just out to get the RICH EVEN RICHER.

    April 22, 2011 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  11. A disgusted former Republican

    It is interesting that Americans say they want jobs yet they support the Grand Old Parasites whose main objective is to ship jobs overseas. The founding fathers were correct in their opinion that the average American citizen was not smart enough to vote. Adequate proof is available in that Americans elected GOPers who campaigned on jobs, jobs, jobs and have yet to proposed no legislation aimed at creating jobs. Aren't the majority of Americans stupid fools?

    April 22, 2011 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  12. ThinkAgain

    Gale: Just because GW Bush couldn't watch TV and eat a pretzel without choking doesn't mean President Obama can't do more than one thing at a time.

    Also given the large number of lazy, dumb Americans who listen to Fox and Limbaugh and believe theirs lines of bull, the President needs to be out there spreading the word of all he's accomplished (in spite of the Republicans stated goal of making him and our country fail, I might add).

    April 22, 2011 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  13. Son of CSM.Wiggins

    No reason to mention the president we the real Americans.regret giving the republicans power again. Conservatives have not passed one jobs bill. At least the dems act like they care

    April 22, 2011 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  14. Rick McDaniel

    The country is headed no where, on the current track. Absolutely no where.

    April 22, 2011 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  15. ThinkAgain

    A couple facts about our nation's debt:

    Under Reagan it was 50% of GDP; under Clinton we ran a surplus; right now it's about 25% of GDP.

    We'll pull out of this as long as we don't elect Republicans in 2012. All they know is to cut taxes for the rich, who take the extra cash and invest it overseas. When the deficit balloons, they cut funding to programs that help the most vulnerable among us (while simultaneouly self-righteously calling themselves "patriotic" and "Christian," I might add) and in general, shift the burden onto the shoulders of the lower and Middle Classes.

    Folks need to wake up to the fact that most of the wealthy in this country care more about competing on a global level against the other international uber-rich. Their lip-service to God and country aside, the Republicans see us as nothing more than a cheap labor force; they want to sell to the rising Middle Classes in Asia and India. Their loyalty is no longer with the US; it is with money PERIOD!

    April 22, 2011 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  16. Henry Miller, Libertarian

    The country is going full-speed-ahead over an economic cliff–yeah, we're definitely headed in the wrong direction. And things aren't going to get any better as long as the idiot in the White House not only keeps insisting on going in the wrong direction but is trying hard to put the pedal to the metal as well.

    April 22, 2011 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  17. T'sah from Virginia

    I also saw another poll that says 59% of Americans feel the Democrats are dong a bad job and 63%, in the same poll, says Republicans are doing a bad job – IT DOES NOT ADD UP!!!!! Jeez, gas prices are UP – the result – the country is doing BAD!! Food prices are UP – the result – the country is doing BAD!!!

    There is something out there that affects every American – ask me anything now and it's because the country is doing bad – but deep down inside – it's NOT so true!! If you don't know how to MANAGE with what you have and you are NOT living beyond your means – you will survive!!!

    OBAMA/BIDEN 2012!!!

    April 22, 2011 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  18. Truth Dealer

    Thing's were trending upward until they gave the republican obstructionist their job's back , there is no surprise about that , all the republicans wan't to do is see the country fail so they can try to blame the President for it ! The republicans ran on job's but over a 100 day's in no job's bill's at all have been submitted by the GOP , they have however gone after the middle class and have caused more people to be unemployed ! We knew the GOP couldn't be trusted but we gave them another chance and they are screwing us over by the day while their rich friend's are laughing at how gullible we are ! Shame on us for letting the GOP give us the shaft again ! We better wake up folk's and vote the GOP back out in 2012 before they take us back into a recession !

    April 22, 2011 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  19. juliei4

    Oh, a rise in those who think the country is headed in the wrong direction after the big GOP win in the midterms? HELLO! Tax breaks for the richest and the rest of us can go to hell in a handbasket. Hey, GOP, where's the jobs or at least the jobs bill. Oh, I klnow, we will cut taxes and cut regulations and then we will have a bunch of new jobs like happened in the Bush administration. Whoops – lost 8 million jobs with that tactic. What's the definition of insanity? Doing the same thing and expecting different results.

    April 22, 2011 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  20. hq211acr

    If the Republicans think they can balance the budget on the backs of the elderly and middle mclass, they are in trouble. Paul Ryan is being called courageous because of his "Path to Prosperity" but, in reallity he is a bully picking on the weakest among America. Had he actually called for raising taxes on those making over$250,000.00 or $500,000.00 and eliminating tax loopholes for the rich and for corporations, and cutting defense spending along with his other cuts, he may have had something. It seems that more and more there is a buyers remorse about electing Republicans to do something they apparently had no intentions of doing, i.e. remember bringing back jobs? So far, all they have done is pander to the far right, the Tea Party, and the anti abortionists. Where was all thsi righteous indignation from the Republican side when George W. Bush was putting two wars on our country's credit card? Where was all the righteous indignation about the deficit when the Republicans were spending the money as fast as they could, but now complain because of the spending? Where was all this righteous indignation when George W. Bush allowed the country to slide into a financial crisis almost as serious as the depression and then gave hundreds of billions of dollars to Wall Street brokers and the bankers? Now, Demnocrats seem to want to impose regulations on these very same brokers and banks and the Republicans are digging in their heels at the very thought of regulating them.

    April 22, 2011 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  21. RHN

    Think Again Your percentage is a lie. Flat out. Source: usgovernmentspending.com/debt chart

    The debt as a percentage of GDP is twice what the average was under Reagan.

    April 22, 2011 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  22. NVa Native

    "Grand Old Parasites" hahaha! I love it.
    Hey GOPers – were are YOUR JOBS BILLS???
    While the GOPers do nothing to create jobs because they only focus on class/social warfare , OBAMA'S JOBS BILLS are producing real JOBS!!

    April 22, 2011 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  23. Rsprings

    BO has his priorities all wrong. With everything that is gong on he needs to stay in DC and show some leadership. Running around the country in Campaign mode is not what he is being paid by the American people to do.

    April 22, 2011 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  24. kyle

    Do like Wisconsin and Ohio and put the right wing nuts in charge and see what direction they take the Country, i bet it won't be jobs.

    April 22, 2011 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  25. NVa Native

    All this faux dealing with the deficit won't create jobs, "trickle down" doesn't mean anything unless it's in the same sentence as "down your leg". The GOP and their cheer leading fox media is nothing more than a blatant corporate lobbyist group. A very effective multi-national corporate lobbyist group.

    The sad thing is that so many Americans can be duped by the GOP into believing the lies to the point of supporting things that clearly do them and the rest of us harm.

    April 22, 2011 11:38 am at 11:38 am |