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Americans Confident U.S. Heading in the Right Direction Reaches Near-Year High

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Americans are feeling more confident in the direction the country is heading, a new Rasmussen poll shows.

The highest level of optimism recorded in nearly a year, 43 percent of Americans now think the U.S. is heading in the right direction.

Meanwhile, 52 percent say the opposite, which is the lowest recorded percentage for that figure since April 2017.

The percentage of Americans who feel the country is heading in the right direction ran in the mid- to upper 20s for much of 2016, reports Rasmussen. The figure rose to the mid- to upper 40s for the first month of the Donald Trump presidency, reaching 45 percent shortly after the President’s inauguration.

Democrats are far more likely to think the country is heading in the wrong direction.  

"74% of Democrats now feel the country is headed down the wrong track. Seventy-one percent (71%) of Republicans believe the country is heading in the right direction. Unaffiliated voters think the country is on the wrong track by a 55% to 40% margin," writes Rasmussen.

The new poll’s results come after the Republican party succeeded at passing tax reform and as Congress debates immigration reform.

The White House on Monday released its 2019 budget plan, requesting $1.5 trillion in infrastructure investments and boasting $3 trillion in cuts.

The Rasmussen poll of 2,500 likely U.S. voters was conducted Feb. 4-8 and has a margin of sampling error of 2 percentage points.

(Cover Photo: Petr Kratochvil)

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