TIME POLL: Americans Believe Country Heading In Wrong Direction

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U.S. President Barack Obama speaks about the National Security Agency's secret collection of telephone records from millions of Americans during a visit to San Jose, Calif. on June 7, 2013.

A majority of Americans believe the country is heading in the wrong direction, according to a new TIME poll, with President Barack Obama’s approval and disapproval ratings essentially tied.

Fifty-eight percent of those surveyed said the United States is on the wrong track, with only 33 percent saying it is heading in the right direction. Obama’s approval rating stands at 48 percent—a statistical tie with the 44 percent who disapprove of his handling of his job as president.

On the issues, regard for Obama’s foreign policy performance is bolstering his approval rating, while the president scores poorly on his handling of the economy.

Forty two percent of Americans approve of Obama’s handling of the economy, while 53 percent disapprove. Obama earns top marks for reducing the threat of terrorism to the United States, with 56 percent of Americans approving, as 36 percent disapprove.

On, foreign policy, 49 percent of Americans approve, while 41 percent disapprove, and Americans approve of Obama’s handling of the the war in Afghanistan 50 percent to 42 percent.

On immigration, an issue where Obama has purposefully been hands-off so as not to jeopardize the Senate’s efforts to pass immigration reform, 44 percent of Americans approve of Obama’s performance, while 45 percent disapprove.

The poll, conducted for TIME on June 10 and 11 by the survey research firm Abt SRBI, surveyed 805 people over landlines and cell phones and has a sampling error of ±4 percentage points.

 

116 comments
itstrue
itstrue

of all the people who were polled I wonder if you asked them what specific issues concerning the economy that they were against and what they were for you would get a blank stare

LenSimpson
LenSimpson

BO is a helpless figurehead , hampered by a Congress that is AT,(not ON) the job sometimes as much as 3 days a week, usually communing 

with  the 12k +  member community of influence peddlers. Politics is another word for greed, &  we are a nation of sheep.

terryclifton1
terryclifton1

Lets see, we have record numbers on disability and welfare. Our nation is falling deeper into debt, with no end in sight. Taxes have been raised, but the money is being spent in Afghanistan, Egypt, Syria, and other parts of the world. We are conducting a illegal drone war on suspected terrorists that have killed more innocents than terrorists. Our government is plagued with scandal after scandal, and now they are spying on everyone. We are a perpetual police state; our privacy rights are being trampled on by the government, and most people are too stupid to speak out about it. Since 2001, our government has been the greatest enemy to freedom not only here at home, but around the world. We are arming and financing the same people who want to destroy us in Syria. Now Congress wants to pass a blanket amnesty bill that will push the middle class into poverty, and push blacks and other minorities onto the streets. A living wage will be impossible after this bill passes through Congress, and both parties will own it, can anyone say Welfare State? And people wonder why the government is buying up millions of rounds of ammo... So basically we are all screwed..

mrbomb13
mrbomb13

"Americans believe the country is heading in the wrong direction."

If it took TIME Magazine THIS long to figure THAT out, than it truly has more problems than it knows.  MANY of us in the Millenial Generation have known for quite some time now (almost a decade, perhaps longer, depending who you ask) that this country has been on the wrong track.

At his core, Obama is nothing more than a dump-load of empty promises masked by soaring campaign rhetoric.  According to polls, even Bush is now more popular than him - and yet is still used by the press as the scapegoat for all of Obama's economic woes!  Even Bill Clinton has split with Obama on Syrian foreign policy!  Even Democrats are disgusted by the extent of the NSA spying and non-closure of Guantanamo!!

Enough already!  When are people going to wake up, and realize that this guy is more than a lame duck?  When will you admit that (shocker) he's just lame?!

sacredh
sacredh

Happy Father's Day to all of my fellow fathers out there.

sacredh
sacredh

President Obama may not be Jesus Christ, but he can get about half the country to scream it every day. Happy Father's Day Mr. President.

fitty_three
fitty_three

I love toasting @paulejb over an open campfire in the morning.

It makes my day, getting the opportunity to let him demonstrate his stupidity and ignorance.

fitty_three
fitty_three

When you think about it, this is actually good news:

About half feel that America is headed in the wrong direction because Obama hasn't done enough.

About half think that America is headed in the wrong direction because of Obama.

I'm going to guess, like Pavlov knew, and Mitt found out, that if you're a GOPer and you want to count this all in your column, you will be making a serious mistake.

jmac
jmac

NYTimes:  "Even the Economic Pessimists Now See Signs of Solid Growth for the U.S."  

 Stop the press!  We all know it's about Benghazi, Fast and Furious, NSA, arms to Syria, the IRS drumbeat, drumbeat, drumbeat as Mr. Cheney goes on the Sunday shows to talk about the evil of this administration.    Get with the program - an election is just around the corner.  

jhoughton1
jhoughton1

These polls with non-specific questions are meaningless. People love to bitch. It's in their nature.  Ask them if they'd rather live somewhere else -- be specific.  Even if they even know anything about another state, much less another country, they won't come up with a preferred residency.

tomsellier28
tomsellier28

Everything regarding the low numbers of the Republican Party can be said in one name being readded to Fox News lineup: Sarah Palin. She typifies the idocy of the Republican Party and their rhetoric. And considering the Republican Party is in some cases making up scandal it is amazing Obama's numbers are as strong as they are! If the media wasn't dominated by right wing hackery in saturating the media with false stories President Obama would be way up. They will be when the Republican Party runs out of hot air.

zetetic25
zetetic25

perhaps the country was misled when it was told it was going somewhere.

it seems to be just spinning around with the rest of them.

tomsellier28
tomsellier28

Maybe if Obama would start calling the Republicans what they are in public, LIARS his poll numbers would go up. You cannot appease the enemy of the United States citizen and not look weak. Obama needs to call 'the do nothing but say no Republican Party' liars on all the issues they are deeming impeachment worthy. Obama says, "Good morning. Isn't it a beautiful day?!" Republicans in unison say, "Impeach!" It is pathetic that that is all they have.

fitty_three
fitty_three

@mrbomb13 

I'm going to go out on a limb and assume that your handle implies you're a hawk.

Maybe that's why you seem to hate Obama so much.  Yup! That must be why.

cjh2nd
cjh2nd

@fitty_three 

funny, reading your comments gives me that same feeling of satisfaction

paulejb
paulejb

@fitty_three @paulejb 

Bold talk coming from a no information lib member of the Swampland hive. The only reason they keep you around is that you provide a bad example, 53.

paulejb
paulejb

@fitty_three 

53 is a bit mathematically challenged. He seems to think that 58% is about half.

mantisdragon91
mantisdragon91

@paulejb I though the Dream Ticket is Bachmann and Paul. Or as I'd like to call them the nut combo pack. Or is it Cruz and Rubio. The Canadian and the Cuban. Or perhaps Gohmert and Issa. That way you can get criminal and stupid all on one ticket.

mantisdragon91
mantisdragon91

@jmac Just think how much better things would be if the GOP actually cared enough about the country to work to help instead of sabotage the recovery.

retiredvet
retiredvet

You're not alone. Lots of folks wish he'd get really angry.

mrbomb13
mrbomb13

Centrist?  Not even close.

He's a non-interventionist dove, because he leaves the 'heavy lifting' to other nations and organizations.

fitty_three
fitty_three

Oh, btw, Liar:

How are the GOP jobs bills going?

fitty_three
fitty_three

@paulejb 

Half of 56% is 28%, dumbeell.

That's the most you can claim for the GOP side.

But hells bells, idiot, I'm sure Mitt will appreciate your witlessness.

cjh2nd
cjh2nd

no. it did not even remotely start under him. that implies he was the leader of it. he happened to be in office when it happened. nothing more, nothing less. you can't even begin to honestly say it started "under" him though.  unless you're an idiot that is

cjh2nd
cjh2nd

@mantisdragon91 you just undermined your own argument. your last post said he didn't face NK down, now you're saying he did. pick a side and stick with it

terryclifton1
terryclifton1

@mantisdragon91 @mrbomb13  

The Arab Spring started under Obama, and no one was a bigger cheerleader and supporter than him. With one exception, when the citizens of Iran went to the streets; Obama turned his back on them. 

terryclifton1
terryclifton1

@mantisdragon91 @mrbomb13  

A lot more innocent people than terrorists were killed with the drones. We are creating more new enemies than taking out old ones. Over 4,000 innocent victims have died in the drone wars.

fitty_three
fitty_three

mantisdragon91

In his world, mitt won the election.

mantisdragon91
mantisdragon91

@mrbomb13 Refused to lead on North Korea? You do realize that he has manged to get China to exert pressure on North Korea the first time that has ever happened. As for Libya, Egypt and Syria all these are the result of George's idiotic decision to topple Saddam. The Middle East is like a stack of dominoes. Pull one and the rest topple. The problem is you never know which way they fall. Assad is bad but what may follow him may be much much worse.

fitty_three
fitty_three

@mrbomb13 

well, there is the fact that Obama faced nk down, completed the ,Pacific pivot, and persuaded. China to reign Kim Jung ow in.

seems more like a coup than isolationism

mrbomb13
mrbomb13

You're comparing Apples to Oranges.  The Apples I'm talking about are broad conflicts (country v. country).  The Oranges you're talking about involve individual persons of interest sought by the United States - including American citizens who were not granted a trial prior to drone-delivered execution.

With the Apples, Obama has refused to lead on Libya, Iran, Eygpt, North Korea, and Syria.  As mentioned above, he leaves the heavy lifting to other nations.

Furthermore, I did not advocate invasion in every instance.  Yet, again, I would strongly advocate a strategic multilateral planning approach to dealing substantially with those nations.

mantisdragon91
mantisdragon91

@mrbomb13 Non-Interventionist Dove? A lot of terrorists killed by drones would disagree with you. So what would you rather he do go around invading countries like GWB did?

fitty_three
fitty_three

@paulejb 

Manits has a very cogent point, bozo.

Where are the GOP jobs bills that have died in the senate?

mantisdragon91
mantisdragon91

@paulejb @fitty_three A GOP job bill? The last GOP Job bill was the Iraq War which provided plenty of jobs to funeral homes and rehab facilities nation wide.

roknsteve
roknsteve

@paulejb @fitty_three And Tomsellier roasted you on a stick this morning.  I laughed at you for an hour while I watered my tomato plants. 

fitty_three
fitty_three

You've reverted back to what you were doing three years ago, @paulejb .

Of course, the outcome this time is going to be even less favorable to you than it was then.

Idjit.

fitty_three
fitty_three

@paulejb

Well, idiot, why don't you write him in as a candidate in 2016?

That'll be about your speed, bigot.

paulejb
paulejb

@fitty_three @paulejb 

St Barry of the Choom is down five since the election. He will soon reach Bush second term numbers.