Two major polls released this week show the overwhelming majority of Americans think the nation is headed in the wrong direction, a bad sign for Democrats as they prepare for their party convention in Philadelphia next week.
A new McClatchy-Marist poll says, “Americans who are worried about the economy, political gridlock and terrorism think the country is going in the wrong by a rate of 70 to 25.”
Yesterday’s Rasmussen Reports said only 21 percent of likely voters think the nation is headed in the right direction, down five points from the previous week and the lowest since October 2013. For Democrats, an alarming 72 percent “now believe the nation is headed down the wrong track,” Rasmussen said.
In another revealing survey that cannot be good news for Democrats, 60 percent of likely voters think race relations have worsened since Barack Obama took office almost eight years ago. And Rasmussen said that translates to an 18-point jump since last 2014.
Only nine percent of the Rasmussen respondents think race relations have improved, and 28 percent think they have remained the same.
Still, the McClatchy-Marist poll and Rasmussen survey both say slightly more than half of Americans think the president is doing a good job.
One other thing Rasmussen discovered in its surveys over the past few days is that Republicans favor laws that allow Americans to carry firearms in public, with 54 percent of identified Republicans supporting “open carry” laws. While 39 percent of Republicans supported the request that Ohio Gov. John Kasich suspend the state’s open carry law – which he cannot legally do and he said so – 43 percent oppose that idea and 18 percent weren’t sure.
As reported earlier, Republicans have adopted a strong Second Amendment plank as part of their platform.