Americans of all political stripes agree nation is going in wrong direction—survey

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Americans disagree on nearly everything, but there's one thing that unites them right now: Their belief that the United States is going the wrong way.

This finding came out from a recent WND/Clout poll conducted by Clout Research, a national opinion research firm based in Columbus, Ohio.

In an Oct. 15-19 telephone survey, 85.3 percent of likely voters say the US is in bad shape. This sense of dissatisfaction was expressed by 87.4 percent of Republicans, 83.9 percent of independents and 51.9 percent of Democrats.

The survey shows that only 9 of 100 Republicans and 15 of 100 independents believe the nation is going on the right track.

Even with a Democrat president in power, only 44 of 100 Democrats believe America is heading in the right direction.

"Just 12 percent of Republicans said they think the nation is headed in the right direction, while 85 percent said things are off on the wrong track. This would be a predictable response from voters whose party is completely out of power, but Republicans are not out of power – they control both houses of Congress. Clearly, their voters are not pleased with their performance," said Fritz Wenzel, chief of Clout Research.

When respondents were asked about their personal financial situation and the state of the economy, a large majority of 79 percent said it was either somewhat or very fragile. Just 21 percent said the economy was strong.

Among likely voters who consider themselves conservatives, 92.6 percent believe the nation is heading the wrong way. Nearly the same result was obtained from among those who call themselves liberal, 90.9 percent of whom said the same thing.

When asked what they think of the American economy after seven years of Obama's presidency and economic policies, nearly 80 percent of the respondents described it as "very fragile" or "somewhat fragile."

Self-identified Democrats, Republicans, liberals and conservatives were all in general agreement—from 75 percent to 80 percent—that the economy as "somewhat fragile" or "very fragile."

The respondents' choice of who is their preferred Republican presidential nominee for next year's US presidential election reflected the same results obtained in other major polls. Donald Trump was on top of the respondents' list with 33 percent support, followed by Ben Carson with 24 percent, Sen. Marco Rubio 10 percent, Carly Fiorina 9 percent, Sen. Ted Cruz 8.9 percent, and Jeb Bush, 7.9 percent.