Number of People Who Think U.S. Is on ‘Right Track’ Increasing

New poll shows second highest number in a decade
By Epoch Newsroom
Epoch Newsroom
Epoch Newsroom
February 7, 2017 Updated: February 7, 2017

A new poll published on Feb. 6 found that 46 percent of Americans believe the United States is heading in the right direction, which is up about 9 points since around President Donald Trump’s inauguration—and it’s also the second-highest figure in more than a decade.

Two weeks ago, 47 percent of voters who were surveyed felt the country was heading in the right direction, which was the highest level of optimism polled by Rasmussen Reports since it started tracking the sentiment. 

In February 2016, the percentage of Americans who thought the country was heading in the right direction hovered at around 29-30 percent. In February 2015, only about 32 percent felt the same, according to Rasmussen’s figures.

In the latest survey, about 49 percent of U.S. voters think the country is on the “wrong track,” the polling company said. In February 2016, more than 63 percent felt the same.

Between Jan. 15 and Jan. 19, 2017, about 38 percent thought the country was heading in the “right direction.” And on Jan. 2 to Jan. 5, only 31 percent thought the country was on the right track.

Trump’s inauguration was Jan. 20.

Rasmussen says that 2,500 people were surveyed from Jan. 29 to Feb. 2 to get its latest figures. It has a margin of error of 2 percentage points and a 95 percent level of confidence.