A new Reuters poll found that the majority of Americans—a whopping 64%–feel that the country is on the wrong track.

Although the economy is slowly improving, the poll found that the number of people who feel the country is off track jumped nearly seven points since February. Even worse for President Obama, these were the highest negative numbers since the President took office in January 2009.

According to Reuters, one major factor in the dismal poll numbers are rising gas prices:

“Ipsos pollster Cliff Young said the rating was a direct result of gasoline prices that have risen sharply in recent weeks amid tumult in North Africa and the Middle East.

‘We are moving into a scenario in the near-term that is much more uncertain given the issue of gas prices,’ he said. ‘Gas prices specifically are things that affect people’s pocketbooks and have an immediate impact.’

U.S. retail gasoline prices spiked more than 10 percent over the past two weeks to an average of $3.52 a gallon, the second largest two-week rise on record. Crude oil prices have shot up due to the violence in Libya that has cut that country’s production by two-thirds while sanctions have all but halted its exports.”

Despite the fact that the majority of those polled felt the country is on the wrong track, President Obama’s approval ratings still sit at a respectable 49%, which is comparable to past presidents (Presidents Reagan and Clinton both hovered in the 40s during their first term). But the problems for President Obama’s reelection are real.

In order to win reelection in 2012, the President has to win over independent voters, and if this poll is correct, his standing with them has been lessening. According to Reuters his approval ratings among independent voters has slipped from 47 percent, to just 37.

With the election season ramping up, it is clear that many are uneasy about the direction the country is going. But no matter what side of the political spectrum you fall on, the future of our country and the next round of elections will be decided somewhere in the middle.

What do you think? Is the country on the right or wrong track? What changes would you like to see? Sound off!

 

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  • African Mami

    Where were all these polls, surveys and sound offs during Bush’s term?! His administration is certainly to blame for the economic situation in this country. Give Obama a cottamn break. He picked an administration that was on its deathbed he is trying to revive it, albeit at a very slow pace, understandbly so!!

  • WoW

    This country will never be on the right track if it can not keep manufacturers within the U.S., secure the boarder and create a culture where teachers are paid a salary that will help them do their job. We are crumbling within. We are broken throughout. We are suffering abroad.

    Under these circumstances I feel Obama is the perfect President for this uncertain time. I wish he were a little more assertive towards his critics but…..he is a strong President.

  • Joe

    As long as poor and middle class people continue to vote against their own best interest, this country will continue to fall.

    Dr. King said it best in a 1965 speech, that the “Jim Crow laws” which kept blacks segregated was used to keep poor whites’ minds of their own struggles:

    “And when his wrinkled stomach cried out for the food that his empty pockets could not provide, he ate Jim Crow, a psychological bird that told him that no matter how bad off he was, at least he was a white man, better than a black man.”

    This keeps poor and middle class white voting Republican and against their own economic best interest. Until poor and middle class whites are held accountable for their dysfunctional behavior the same way every other group of people are such as the obese, teen moms, absentee black fathers, drug abusers, this race to the bottom will continue. Fix poor and middle class voters from voting against their best interest, FIX AMERICA….PERIOD.

  • LN

    I can only speak for myself. But I think the country is doing okay. I’m glad that the economy is improving. But I am very concerned about the national debt. Here in Illinois I’m also very concerned about our pension problem. I think the US is fundamentally strong, but we need to get our finances in order.