An interesting Rasmussen poll came out today. Most of the media seem to be focusing on the extreme levels of polarization in the country right now not on the “direction of the country” question. There is strife and fear of strife and all that. We know that.
But I think the headline above is the most interesting part of the poll. TWICE as many people think the country is headed in the right direction now versus the end of Obama’s term. That is remarkable. In the face of all the Russia nonsense, and the pink astroturf at the “women’s marches,” and the border stuff, and everything, still twice as many people think the country is headed in the right direction NOW than during the Obama years.
(From Rasmussen Reports)
Forty-two percent (42%) of all voters say the country is headed in the right direction. This figure ran in the mid- to upper 20s for most weeks during the last year of Obama’s presidency.
Just 40% think America would be better off today if Hillary Clinton had been elected president in 2016.
Fifty-one percent (51%) blame Trump for his bad relationship with the media, but only 40% think it is possible for the president to do anything the media will approve of. Voters are also more distrustful of the political news they are getting than they have been in years.
Fifty-one percent (51%) of voters also agree with the Democratic gubernatorial candidate from Wisconsin who said last week that his party is “pickled in identity politics and victimology.”
In a survey three years ago, the North and South still didn’t see eye-to-eye on the cause of the U.S. Civil War 150 years after it ended, but one-out-of-three Americans didn’t even know when that cataclysmic conflict took place.