With two different surveys showing an overwhelming belief among the American public that the nation is headed down the wrong path, it is still bothersome that other polls show Hillary Rodham Clinton still leading Donald Trump in the White House race.
If Americans want to change course, they’re not going to do that by electing a candidate who will take the nation in the same direction as the man currently in office.
Rasmussen Reports revealed this week that only 30 percent of likely voters think the country is heading in the right direction. This comes from a telephone and online survey taken for the week ending Oct. 6.
Sixty-five percent of survey participants said the country is going in the wrong direction, which is unchanged from the previous week’s survey.
Adding to that bleak picture is a new Gallup survey released Friday showing that only 28 percent of Americans are satisfied with the way things are going in this country. According to Gallup, “This continues the low satisfaction levels that started near the end of the George W. Bush administration and have persisted under President Barack Obama.”
The historical average since Gallup began measuring public sentiment on this issue in 1979 has been 37 percent, the polling group said.
Maybe this partially explains why polling in the presidential race is all over the landscape, with some polls saying Trump is in the lead, others saying Clinton is the favorite and still others saying it’s a dead heat. Rasmussen has Trump up by two points Friday, the Los Angeles Times/USC poll has them tied, but a poll in New Hampshire gives Clinton a three-point edge and a poll in Indiana shows Trump up by four points.
Out in Oregon, Clinton leads Trump by 10 points and down in Texas, Trump was leading Friday by four points. RealClear Politics has the lowdown on these and other races.
But the next three weeks will be telling for both candidates, particularly if the public dissatisfaction with the national direction continues. If more than two-thirds of the voters still think we’re going the wrong way in November, that could be bad for Clinton.