New Poll: U.S. on the Wrong Track

New poll found 73 percent of Americans believe the United States is “off on the wrong track,” and just 21 percent think the country is headed in the right direction.

Wrong-Way-SignEconomic fears are weighing heavily on Americans, with a large majority saying the United States is on the wrong track and nearly half believing the worst is yet to come, according to a new Reuters/Ipsos poll released this week.

The poll reflected growing anxiety about the economy and frustration with Washington after a narrowly averted government default last week, a credit rating downgrade by Standard & Poor’s, a stock market dive and a stubbornly high 9.1 percent jobless rate.

President Barack Obama came out bruised but relatively intact from the brutal, weeks-long debt debate. His approval rating dropped to 45 percent from 49 percent from a month ago, according to the poll conducted from Thursday to Monday.

But negative views on the economy are worrisome signs as he looks ahead to his 2012 re-election bid.

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Source: Steve Holland | International Business Times