So, I was watching the news over my morning coffee and noticed there has been some pretty dramatic movement in the political polls over the last few months. Specifically, President Obama's approval rating remains consistently below 50% and Americans have lost confidence in the healthcare reform bill before the Senate. On the latter issue, the president is now taking heat from both conservatives and progressives, including former DNC chair Howard Dean.
However, most surprising of all was the right direction/wrong direction poll, which is often cited as a bell-weather for future elections. According to NBC News, 33-percent of Americans believe the country is heading the right direction, with 55-percent believing the country is headed in the wrong direction. On one hand, this is a marked improvement over the polling at the end of President Bush's second term, where "right direction" supporters registered only in the low-teens. Still, as recently as April, President Obama had inspired significant optimism throughout the country, carrying an approval rating in the 60s and an even split between "right/wrong direction" respondents (43/43).
Perhaps we generally read too much into the polls, but I'd like to hear people's opinions on the issue. As a country, are we headed in the right direction or wrong direction? Why? And, equally important, what has changed since Spring?