43% Believe Nation Heading in Right Direction

For the week ending May 17, 2019, 43% of Registered Voters nationwide believe the United States is on the Right Track. That’s down two points from a week ago, but still a point above the range measured in recent months. Since  the end of the government shutdown in late January, ScottRasmussen.com polls have found that the number believing the country is on the right track had remained steady between 40% and 42%.

It remains to be seen whether these past two weeks above the recent range is the beginning of a lasting improvement or merely statistical noise. It stands in contrast to the president’s job approval rating which has continued to remain very steady. On the other hand, there is economic confidence appears to be growing and gaining momentum.

Forty-six percent (46%) of men believe the country is heading in the right direction along with 41% of women. Among voters under 35, 38% are confident in the country’s direction. That increases to 44% among senior citizens (see crosstab results).

Additionally, 16% of all voters now trust the federal government to do the right thing most or all of the time. Forty-five percent (45%) rarely or never trust it.  In between are 39% who trust the federal government some of the time.

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These weekly updates are based upon interviews approximately 7,000 Registered Voters conducted over the prior seven days. All research is conducted by ScottRasmussen.com and HarrisX, a polling company specializing in online surveys (see Methodology). Half of the sample is asked about whether the country is on the right track and the other half about trust in government. The margin of sampling error is +/- 1.7 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence.

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