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John A. Quayle
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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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Editors note: This is another in a series of
WND/WENZEL POLLS conducted exclusively for WND
by the public-opinion research and media
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, its not good news for Barack Obama or members of Congress.
Thats 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 dont 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 its moving down the wrong track.
There is only one way to describe this finding: awful, he said.
Americans arent supporting Washingtons 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 isnt enough
taxation. Almost as many 12 percent said they werent 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, its 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 cant 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 economys 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
governments 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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