A stunning report from Rasmussen Tuesday shows that a higher percentage of likely U.S. voters think the country is heading in the right direction “than any week during the Obama presidency.”
The mainstream media, with whom President Donald Trump appears to be openly at war, may not report the newest Rasmussen survey that way. The report shows that 45 percent of likely voters think the country is on the right track, while 51 percent think it is going in the wrong direction.
However, at 45 percent, the percentage is considerably higher than one year ago, when the numbers hovered at 29 percent favorable and 63 percent saying the nation was on the wrong track, Rasmussen said.
For a perspective, during the entire eight years of Barack Obama, the percentage of likely voters who thought the country was going in the right direction rarely topped 40 percent. There was a four-week period in November 2010, but according to Rasmussen data dating back to 2009 when Obama first took office, the percentages hovered in the 20-35 percent range. At some times the numbers dipped below 20 percent.
Since Trump’s inauguration, the percentage has held above 45 percent.
Rasmussen’s daily presidential tracking poll for Tuesday shows Trump at an even split. Fifty percent of likely voters approve of his job performance and 50 percent do not.
The president was scheduled to deliver his first major speech to Congress Tuesday evening, and Rasmussen noted that “Democrats are planning to sabotage it any way they can.”
Underscoring that is another Rasmussen survey finding that shows 44 percent of Democrats, “feel it’s better for both the country and their party if they oppose the new president as much as possible.” Still, 46 percent think it’s better for the country if Democrats work with the president.
That survey showed that overall, “Most voters agree that it’s bad for America and bad for the Democratic Party if Democrats continue to flat out oppose everything President Trump does.” The overall numbers say 29 percent of all voters think Democrats should oppose the president “in every way possible,” while 63 percent think Democrats should work with Trump.
The poll results reflect a continuing deep philosophical divide among Americans, while also indicating that more likely voters feel more comfortable about the country’s direction than they did while Obama was in office.