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Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Country Headed in Wrong Direction

In a poll released on November 10, Rasmussen Reports found that just 28% of U.S. voters thought the nation was moving in the right direction. This was the first reading taken since the midterm elections, and the lowest result since mid-August.

Meanwhile, 67% of voters said the nation was headed in the wrong direction, up two points since the poll taken last week and the highest level, again, since August.

It is important to note that the perceived direction of the nation -- positive or negative -- is unlikely to change simply due to the midterm election results. Instead, voters will have to see a real change in policies for the better, and a commensurate improvement in the economy and job creation. The new Congress, along with the White House, will have to show the American people that they got and understood the message of November 2, and are willing to make much-needed changes, including reeling on government spending and debt, at the very least stopping scheduled and proposed tax increases, and reining in the regulatory monster.

Raymond J. Keating
Chief Economist
SBE Council

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