Poll numbers continue to remain sour for Obama and friends. According to a new Rasmussen Report survey released today, 28% of likely voters believe the country is headed in the right direction, compared to 66% who think we're on the wrong track. As for confidence among those polled? Just as low. Only 28% - 33% have faith in the current direction in which we are headed. When health care bill initially passed, this number peaked at a meager 35%, but has since dipped down to the levels found prior to its passage. A solid chunk of those who believe we're full-steam ahead down the wrong path is largely comprised of Republicans and unaffiliated voters, as a majority of Democrats believe we are headed in the right direction. Sixty-six percent (66%) of all voters believe we are traveling down the wrong road, holding steady at these levels for several weeks now. A majority of whites and voters of other ethnicities are pessimistic of our current course, while most African Americans are optimistic. As a whole, Americans believe it is vastly important to cut the federal budget deficit in the next couple of years, but few doubt it will happen. Other numbers found:
- 60% still support offshore drilling, but voters remain critical of President Obama's response to the ongoing leak, as well as the companies involved.
- 49% support deepwater offshore drilling.
- 43% of Americans oppose a timetable of any kind for the war in Afghanistan, 25% believe the troops should be brought home now, and 18% believe in a firm timetable.
- Most voters still favor a repeal of the health care bill at 52%.
- Republican candidates now hold a 6 point lead over Democrats on the Generic Congressional Ballot -- 44% Republican, 38% Democrat.
- Just over 1 out of 4 Americans believe cigarette smoking should be illegal in the country, 26%.