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Thu Dec 6 19:14:01 MST 2012


Confidence in America plunges after Obama elected

55% now say nation on wrong track, including 1 in 6 Dems

Published: 4 mins ago
  by <http://www.wnd.com/author/runruh/>Bob Unruh 
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Editor’s note: This is another in a series of 
“WND/WENZEL POLLS” conducted exclusively for WND 
by the public-opinion research and media 
consulting company 
<http://www.wenzelstrategies.com/?page_id=930>Wenzel Strategies.

The elections have happened, the mandates have 
been delivered, and now we know where America is 
going, or so the campaign organizers would have you believe.

If so, it’s not good news for Barack Obama or members of Congress.

That’s because a new poll from 
Strategies, a public-opinion research and media 
consulting company, shows a surge in the 
percentage of Americans who believe their nation 
is heading in the wrong direction.

The poll, conducted Nov. 28-Dec. 3 with a margin 
of error of 3.14 percentage points, shows that 
nearly 55 percent believe the nation is on the 
wrong track, and another 10 percent are not sure.

Only 35 percent say America is moving in the 
right direction, and that includes only 72 
percent of Democrats. More than 90 percent of 
Republicans and some 75 percent of independents don’t reach that conclusion.

It represents a surge in doubt since a few weeks 
before the election, when only 50 percent said 
the nation was going the wrong direction and 41 percent said it was just fine.

Three months ago, 72 percent of Democrats thought 
America was moving the right direction, 13 
percent of Republicans and 37 percent of 
independents. Today, while Democrats of that 
opinion were unchanged, only 9 percent of 
Republicans and 25 percent of independents 
believe the path chosen by the administration is right.

Fritz Wenzel, chief of Wenzel Strategies, told 
WND: “Now that the elections are over, it appears 
it is time to cue the malaise. Our latest polling 
shows Americans appear to be taking a long, 
serious look at just what is going on in America 
and are re-evaluating the world around them, and their verdict is not good.”

He said only one in three believes the nation is 
going the right direction, and 55 percent say it’s moving down the wrong track.

“There is only one way to describe this finding: awful,” he said.

Americans aren’t supporting Washington’s bid for 
new taxes and spending, either.

“As Washington fights over what to do with the 
federal finances, Americans have mostly made up 
their minds, our polling shows. Nearly three out 
of four said they believe Washington is spending 
too much money, while just 15 percent said they 
think the problem is that there isn’t enough 
taxation. Almost as many – 12 percent – said they weren’t sure,” he continued.

“And while Democrats in Washington stick hard and 
fast to the idea that taxes must be raised, far 
more Democrats than not across the country tell 
us that there is too much spending in Washington 
than think taxation is too low,” Wenzel said. 
“Almost half – 48 percent – of Democrats said 
they think spending is too high, while just 26 
percent said they think taxation is too low.”

If Obama appears not to be listening to his own 
party, the shouts from the GOP are further ignored.

“For Republicans, 93 percent said spending is too 
high, while just 5 percent said taxation is too 
low. Among independent voters, 77 percent said 
there is too much federal spending, compared to 
15 percent who said taxation is too low,” he said.

The message is clear for the GOP, he said.

“Given these findings, it is hard to imagine 
Republicans in Congress would consider giving in 
to White House pressure to hike taxation and act 
against the will of the people. But then, it’s Washington,” he said.

He said, however, that Americans are a nation of 
confidence and optimism, because despite the 
headwinds in the economy, and the political 
strategies to create more, they have some 
confidence that the situation will get better – 
or at least can’t get much worse.

“The findings in our polling that shows why, 
despite a very weak economy that faces tremendous 
headwinds in 2013, America is such a great 
country: its people are eternally optimistic, 
even when there is no reason whatsoever for 
optimism. A majority of Americans – 56 percent – 
said they believe the economy will get better 
over the next 12 years. Just 37 percent said they 
think things will get worse, while 5 percent said 
they think things will stay the same.”

He continued: “What might be most discouraging 
about this finding is that there is such an 
enormous partisan split on a decidedly 
non-political question like this: while 82 
percent of Democrats said they think the economy 
will improve, just 36 percent of Republicans 
agree. We all live in the same economy, and yet 
we possess dramatically different opinions about 
one of the most important factors that control 
our lives. The more liberal the respondent, the 
more optimistic they were about the economy’s immediate prospects.”

See detailed results of survey questions:

speaking, would you say that things here in the 
Untied States are headed in the right direction, 
or would you say things are off on the wrong track?

about the spending and taxation conducted by the 
U.S. federal government, do you think that the 
government’s budget debt and deficit is the 
result of too much government spending, or too 
little taxation of U.S. workers and businesses?”

speaking, do you think the U.S. economy will 
improve or get worse over the next 12 months?”
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