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% Of US Adults Who Believe Country Headed In Right Direction Slumps


A new survey from the Associated Press / NORC suggests that the debt limit showdown has contributed to a further slide in the number of US adults who believe the country is headed in the right direction, and broader perceptions of the economy.

  • AP: “The country continues to hold negative views of the direction of the country and the condition of the economy. Only 21% of adults believe the country is headed in the right direction. This includes 36% of Democrats and 7% of Republicans. Twenty-four percent of the public says the economy is in good shape, while 76% think it is in poor condition.”
  • The survey also finds that, "views of the national economy remain pessimistic, with 24% of adults rating the national economy as good. This is down from April, when 30% called the national economy good."

Figure 1: Percentage of US Adults Who Say Country is Headed in the Right Direction

Source: AP - NORC

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