As a highly anxious and in many cases angry electorate prepares to vote, a new national telephone survey finds that two-out-of-three Americans (67%) feel the country is not better off today than it was five years ago.
This finding comes at a time when just 32% of Likely U.S. Voters believe the country is heading in the right direction, while 64% say it’s heading down the wrong track. These findings have been largely unchanged for months.
Americans overwhelmingly anticipate that the federal government will have to dramatically cut spending like France and Great Britain are doing now, and a sizable number suggest that even Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid may have to be on the cutting block. While 76% of American adults know someone who is out of work and looking for a job.