Mike Berman’s Washington Watch

July 30, 2010 11:59 PM

State of the Nation

Public opinion as to whether the country is headed in the right direction has shown little change in the last 4 months. The wrong track numbers continue to edge up in the NBC/WSJ survey, while the right direction number has not moved.

June 29/61% 32/60% xxxx
March 33/59% xxxx 38/60%
February xxxx 33/62% xxxx
January 2010 34/54% 36/55% 37/62%
December 33/55% 37/56% xxxx
October 35/52% xxxx 44/54%
September 39/48% 41/53% xxxx
August xxxx xxxx 44/55%
July 39/49% 42/49% xxxx
June 42/46% 44/50% 47/50%
April 43/43% 39/53% 50/48%
February 2009 41/44% 23/68% 31/67%

Satisfaction with the way things are going in the United States is at 21% in July, only slightly better than the 19% recorded in early March. It did hit 27% in April.

It is no surprise that Democrats (30%) are more positive than Republicans (11%) and Independents (20%). Democrats hit a momentary high of 47% satisfaction in April, but it has fallen steadily since then. [Gallup]

60% favor further stimulus spending to create jobs. [Gallup]

Given their choice, 50% of Americans think that the first priority of immigration reform should be to halt the flow of illegal immigrants into the country. 45% would prefer to start with a plan to deal with immigrants now in the U.S. illegally.

50% also oppose the law suit brought by the Federal government against Arizona's new immigration law. 33% favor the law suit. [Gallup]

The most important problems facing the country today are:
  • Economy in general 31%
  • Unemployment/Jobs 22%
  • Dissatisfaction with government/Congress/politicians’ poor leadership/corruption/abuse of power 11%

Only 5% of Americans oppose the National Day of Prayer that was designated by Congress in 1952.

By 47% to 45% the country is pro-life as opposed to pro-choice. From 1995 through May 2009, pro-choice always came out on top, even if only by a small margin. But since May 2009 the pro-life position has had the larger amount of support.

45% say that the overall state of moral values in this country today is fair/poor, while 15% say they are excellent/good. 75% believe that moral values are getting worse.

52% find gay/lesbian relations morally acceptable. 61% of Democrats and Independents share this view. 35% of Republicans hold the view. [Gallup]

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