Stunning McClatchy/Marist Poll: 70% Say U.S. Heading In Wrong Direction

Things Are Very Bad For President Obama, But Even Worse For Congress

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — There was sobering news Tuesday for President Barack Obama and Congress.

Most Americans now think the country is on the wrong track and in dire need of a course correction, reports CBS 2’s Marcia Kramer.

Former President Bill Clinton had it right when he said “it’s the economy, stupid.” And as our economic woes have increased so have Americans’ pessimism about where the country is going.

A stunning new McClatchy/Marist poll found that 70 percent of Americans believe we’re on the wrong track, the highest number in more than a decade. Only 21 percent say we’re travelling along the right one.

And that’s a substantial increase in just a few months.

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In June, 59 percent said we need a course correction; 32 percent said right track.

You can feel the pessimism on the streets of New York City.

“There’s a crisis of confidence right now,” said Charles Blank of Manhattan.

“I definitely don’t think the country is going n the right direction. I just don’t like what’s happening in the past couple of years. He promised change and there hasn’t been any change. I think I’m ready for new leadership,” added tourist Courtney Mohack of San Antonio, Texas.

“Everyone else around me is freaking out,” Marina Blitshteyn said.

President Obama and the members of Congress should also take note that Americans think the debt agreement was bad for the country and take a dim view of the politicians who made it.

Of those polled, 77 percent said the debt debate made them less confident in government in Washington. The president and members of Congress have 15 percent increased confidence.

Asked what Congress should do to pay down the debt, those polled said the following:

*68 percent support increasing taxes on those earning more than $250,000 a year

*60 percent support eliminating subsidies for oil and gas companies

*50 percent back cutting defense spending

* 83 percent are against cutting Medicare and Social Security

“I think there’s got to be some give and take. At the end of the day some of the social programs the left is fighting so hard to keep are going to have to go or be cut down. A lot of people on the right on some tax increases, too,” said Taylor Stevens of Atlanta.

“I suggest we take a close look at everything and make the hard decisions we’ve never made before because now we finally have some motivation,” Blank said.

President Obama doesn’t fare very well in terms of job approval, but he does better than either the Republicans or Democrats in Congress. The president’s job approval rating is 44 percent; Democrats get a 35 and Republicans just 27 percent.

Who’s to blame for the nation’s economic problems? Please offer your thoughts in the comments section below.

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  • Abner

    to blame:
    1) The T party Republicans who would be content to bring down the country in order to bring down the president
    2) The president who is being a Sunday School teacher when he should be a street fighter.


      Abner, you are sadly mistaken. Obama is a golfer and he will be going on vacation this week while the nation crumbles. Ugandan born, Indonesian bred, 110% NOT American…Barack HUSSEIN Obama!!!!!!

      • Michael H.

        It’s Uganda now? I thought he was born in Kenya.

        Why, exactly, are we ignoring the fact that he’s released both a short form copy, as well as a long form copy of his birth certificate?

  • Bob Fowler

    To all of the political pundits, this is not about Obama, Bush, Republican or Democrat. Only those without the ability to think still believe that this is ‘the other guy’s fault’.

    Our government has sold us out to corporate greed. For 50 years we have had corporations buying favor. It started out as a little extra in campaign contributions, because you agreed with the corporations ‘big picture’. At first, the money was helpful, then it started to taste pretty good, an finally, we as a people have been forced to live on corporate whim, because they pay the bill.

    The powers behind this greed are locusts. They will devour every potential resource until they have stripped the land bare. Then they will move on to the next field to be devoured, leaving behind desolation and destruction. Until WE stop them, why would you ever think that it will stop?

    • Jan

      The Museum of Che Guevara just called, Bob…they want his cigar butt back.

  • Jan


  • don

    goverment spending is not the answer to recession. The downgrading of our credit rating will be in the long run a good thing. When excess money leaves the commodity market, the price of food and fuel will lower helping the average american. At that point more money in the pockrt of the average person will drive consumer demand.

  • gary

    Spending money we don’t have is the method used to buy our votes. And we are too stupid to demand an end to it. Just like this latest edict to provide free health care to 35 million people. We were told it would save money. Uh, no. It won’t. Now we have free healthcare with no copays for women. Uh, we have no money. But people love it anyway. It’s cool. Don’t you love women? Now is not the time to pile on expenditures and provide FreeStuff when we have NOMONEY. But people love it. Just don’t blame the politicians. It YOU who is at fault.

    • Bob Fowler

      I think that it IS possible for free healthcare in America. Not the kind proposed, but a system where doctors are not allowed to overcharge insurance companies, pharmaceutical companies must provide products to America at the same cost as they charge other countries, and only those legally in America are entitled.
      I find it disgusting that a doctor will charge the patient the co-pay, and bill the insurance company, but if you come in with cash, you pay about the co-pay only. That means that the doctor can provide his services for a lot less than he requires the insurance company to pay. Sounds a bit like fraud.
      Drugs being sold in India for $2/dose cost Americans $30/dose? They are the exact same drug, but we pay so much more? Why? Again, sounds a bit like fraud. The excuse that the money goes to researching new drugs is a crock. The money goes to advertise that the ‘new’ drug will, in some cases, cause suicide, tumors, death, and anal seepage. BIG DRUG is selling us on a new disease that needs their patented product.
      Take the money out of Washington, and healthcare would be free to all Americans.

  • DanTe

    Taxing the rich doesn’t kill jobs! Yeah, right. Go say that to the Europeons as their unemployed youths riot in the streets.

    20% of Americans pay 75% of the taxes. How much more “income redistribution” do you lazy good for nothing want? History has already proven communism to be a failure as nobody has an incentive to do anything under the communist yoke. Oh wait, you useless f\/cks are too stupid to remember history, aren’t you?

    • Michael H.

      DanTe, throughout our nation’s golden age (post war straight up through the 70s) the top tax rate was between 70% and 90%. You tax the people who benefited the most from this nation’s opportunity. They made fortunes, bought mansions, yachts, Benzes…let them give back to the country that allowed them to amass such wealth. Somebody pulling down half a million dollars a year can afford a few extra percent (we’re only talking top tax tier going up 3-5%). Also, capital gains should be treated as income, and instead of the current 15% it should be taxed at the appropriate level. Warren Buffet said so himself.

  • Ra

    Until both corporate parties are forced to deal with bank reform, tax reform and trade reform, things will only get worse.

  • spanky

    *68 percent support increasing taxes on those earning more than $250,000 a year

    *60 percent support eliminating subsidies for oil and gas companies

    *50 percent back cutting defense spending

    * 83 percent are against cutting Medicare and Social Security

    CLEARLY the country is way to the LEFT of Obama!

  • ProFromDover

    Ya think? Washington has been out of touch with reality far too long. Wishing for real “hope and change” by voting all these clowns out and starting fresh in 2012 with leaders who actually know how to lead!

    • Jane LaRock


  • whatsup

    obama has been a disaster. His catchy slogans like “hope and change” really meant “misery and continued massive spending”. Even the stock market reacted to another obama canned speech, it dropped dramatically. Nobody is buying what obama is selling.

  • e parker

    both parties are to blame, the posturing on both sides was foolish and childish, and the decisions that were made is just barely a band is america and all its peoples that will be the ultimate losers in this. who will be the last man standing?

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