Mike Berman’s Washington Watch

November 6, 2015 12:00 PM

State of the Nation

64% of respondents, 80% of whom were Republican or Democratic primary voters, say that the country is on the wrong track. 25% say the country is on the right track. [NBC/WSJ 10/18/15] The CBS/NYT poll showed almost the identical result, with 64% saying the country is on the wrong track and 26% saying the country is on the right track. [CBS/NYT 10/25/15]

The official BLS seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for September 2015 is 5.1 %, the same as the previous month. The rate is down from 5.9% one year ago. If one takes into account the total unemployed + those marginally attached to the labor force + those working part-time who want full-time work, the rate is 10.0 %, down from 11.7% one year ago.

2.1% have been unemployed for 15 weeks or longer, down from 2.8% a year earlier. [Based on those 16 years of age and older.]

In the first week of October, Gallup found an unadjusted unemployment rate of 6.3%. It also found an under-employment rate (unemployed +those working part-time but wanting full time) of 14.1%. [Based on those 18 years of age and older.]

71% of voters do not believe that their voices are heard effectively in political and public policy discourse. 71% of Republicans have a similar view. Independents are even more negative with 81% having this view.

Democrats are a bit more positive, with only 63% having a negative view. [Winston Group 10/9/15]

54% of Americans believe that “the economic and political systems in the country are stacked against people like me.” 41% disagree.

47% believe that it is important to have a President “who stands up for his or her convictions.” 49% think it is more important for a President to “seek common ground.” [NBC/WSJ 10/29/15]

Over the last 10 years, the number of American adults who use social networking sites has grown from 7% to 65%. It’s no surprise that 90% of those 18-29 years of age use these sites, but so do 35% of those 65 years of age and older. This is up from 2% in 2005. [PEW 10/8/15]

There are substantial differences on immigration issues between Republicans and Democrats.

  Reps Dems Ind Public
Favor building a fence along Mexican boarder 73% 29% 43% 46%
Change U.S. Constitution so that parents mus be legal residents for their newborn children to be citizens 53% 23% 37% 37%
Undocumented immigrants should not be allowed to stay legally 32% 17% 24% 24%
[PEW 10/8/15]

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