- Over 20 million Americans are either unemployed or underemployed.
- The national debt has already broken through the $17 TRILLION barrier, currently at about $17.3 TRILLION, burdening current and FUTURE American generations with an enormous debt load. The per person debt load for every Americans is well over $50,000 today and growing.
- Economic growth after the last recession has been the most anemic post recession growth in the past century.
- Our foreign policy has been a total failure to contain the bad guys and support the good guys around the world.
- Obama Care is endangering individual American’s health, lives, economic opportunities, and job prospects without resolving the problem of high health care costs in this country.
- Crony capitalism is alive and well and growing quickly as a result of a corrupt Washington political class.
- That same political class has shown no ability, will, or intelligence to attack and resolve the major issues and problems of our times.
- The 63% of respondents who currently think the nation is going down the wrong track attained a peak among the months in which Obama has delivered his state of the union addresses in the past.
- Only 28% think the nation is on the right track, less than half that think it is on the wrong track.
- In an open-ended question within the survey, NBC News/WSJ found that Americans offered more negative than positive descriptors about the direction of the nation (62% negative, e.g. “down hill” or “disaster” or “hard times” vs. 27% positive, e.g. like “hopeful” or “improving”).
- 71% of respondents said that they are “somewhat” or “very” dissatisfied with the direction of the nation’s economy.
- This compares to 64% in June 2013.
- 48% of the respondents feel that Obama Care is more of a bad idea than 34% who think it is a good one.
- In fact, 42% strongly say it’s a bad idea.
- For the first time ever in a state of the union month, more Americans were seen disapproving than approving of the President's job performance, 51% vs. 43%.
- These comparisons of approval vs. disapproval have swung negative by 13 percentage points in the past 12 months.
- 39% of respondents said that the country is worse off than when President Obama took office vs. 31% said we are better off and 29% said we are in the same place.
- Ninety-one percent of respondents said that it is an “absolute priority” for the Obama administration and Congress to create jobs.
- Also ranking high, 74% said that reducing the federal budget deficit is also an “absolute priority.”
- 63% of Americans have either little no confidence Obama will make the right decisions.
- 49% of respondents answered that Obama is trustworthy and honest and but a whopping 48% answered that the President of the united States is NOT honest and trustworthy.
- 52% of the respondents said that Obama does not understand the problems of people like them, a finding that is up substantially from just two years ago.
- 51% indicated that they felt Obama is not a strong leader.
- Obama’s disapproval rating came out at 50% with 41% of respondents disapproving strongly.
- Only 23% of the respondents said they support him strongly.
- Overall, 50% of Americans have an unfavorable impression of the President.
- U.S. consumer sentiment slipped in January, mostly caused by lower expectations among lower- and middle-income families.
- The overall index on consumer sentiment came in at 80.4, down from 82.5 in the December survey.
- Not only was it down, it was below the median forecast of 83.5 among economists polled by Reuters.
- The survey's tracking measure of current economic conditions fell to 95.2 from 98.6 and was substantially below a forecast of 98.5.
- The survey's gauge of consumer expectations slipped to 70.9 from 72.1 and below a forecast of 74.2.
- According to survey director Richard Curtin: "Upper-income households benefited from continued strong gains in income as well as increases in stock and home values. Low- and middle-income households were mainly concerned about lackluster growth in employment and income, and anticipated less improvement in long-term prospects for the economy."
- 53% of respondents disapprove of the President’s performance while 41% approve.
- 49% of women disapprove of his performance while 44% approved and 58% of men disapprove while only 36% of men approved.
- Across all income brackets and across all age brackets more respondents disapprove of Obama’s performance than those that approve of his performance.
- Only 9% of Republicans approve of his performance, only 35% of Independents approve with 58% disapproving, while 81% of Democrats approve of his performance.
- 49% of respondents said the President is not honest and trustworthy while 46% somehow said he was.
- 51% of respondents said the President was not a strong leader while 46% said he was.
- 50% of respondents said the President does not care about their needs and problems while 48% said he does.
- He received a negative 61% negative rating for his handling of Obama Care, a negative 58% rating on his handling of the economy, a 60% negative rating for his handling of the Federal budget, a negative 51% for his handling of foreign policy, and in the one bright note, a positive 52% rating on his handling of terrorism.
- Americans think the economy and the nation are heading in the wrong direction.
- Americans do not approve of the President’s overall job performance and his performance on most major issues.
- Americans do not find the President trustworthy, honest, or caring.
- Americans faith in the economic direction of the country is declining.
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