According to a new poll by Reuters/Ipsos (and according to Probably Everyone You’ll Talk To), Americans believe the U.S. is currently on the wrong track and are pessimistic when it comes to our country’s economic future. The poll was conducted last Thursday through Monday — a particularly pivotal, if difficult, time in our recent history — and also reflects a drop in Barack Obama‘s approval rating, from 49 to 45 percent.
A whopping 73 percent of the 1,055 adults polled say they believe the country is “on the wrong track,” and 47 percent of respondents said “the worst is yet to come” where the U.S. economy is concerned. Back in 2009, during the height (or, rather, the low) of the recession, that number shot up to 57 percent.
And while poll responders’ confidence in the President was shaken in the wake of the debt deal and S&P’s credit rating downgrade, their blame is spread across the political spectrum. That said, 42 percent of those polled purported to hold a negative view of the Tea Party movement since the debt deal.
It’s obviously yet to be seen whether that pessimism will translate into less spending — something CNN panelists warned against in a recent discussion on how Americans are reacting to this past weekend’s news. Also, there is the chance that an initial negative reaction may lighten as time marches on and things don’t seem as dark or drab as they did originally.
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