More Americans Feel U.S. Is Headed in Right Direction

More Americans Feel U.S. Is Headed in Right Direction

In a poll that provides good news for President Obama, the number of Americans who believe the country is headed in the right direction has risen.

Published September 12, 2012

In figures that bolster the Obama campaign, the number of Americans who believe the country is headed in the right direction has risen, according to a poll conducted earlier this week.


The poll, conducted by Reuters/Ipsos, said that 39 percent of respondents believed the conditions were improving, up from 31 percent in the previous month’s poll. However, 55 percent of the people surveyed said the nation was moving in the wrong direction.


When asked who they would vote for if the election were held today, 48 percent of respondents said they would vote for President Obama, with 45 percent saying they would support Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney.


Indeed, several polls have demonstrated that President Obama enjoyed a small bounce in the polls since the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte.


The poll, conducted between September 7 and 10, represented a significant shift from earlier polls. In August, for example, 64 percent of respondents said they believed the country was moving in the wrong direction.


"It's good news for Obama, frankly, because the more people who think things are going in the right direction now, the easier it will be for him to get re-elected," said Ipsos pollster Julia Clark. "As that number begins to creep up, it's all good news for the party in power."


The poll, which was conducted by telephone, involved 1,089 adults and is considered an accurate measure within 3.1 percentage points of how the entire American adult population would have responded if surveyed.

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Written by Jonathan P. Hicks

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