Tracking Trump - Direction of the Country for October 6th
Bottom Line: For years, despite generally favorable approval ratings for President Obama, we'd collectively been unhappy with the overall direction of our country. In the early months of the Trump Presidency we'd seen a bit of a shift with a less popular President but a bit more optimistic country generally. At one point earlier, this year we were nearly 20% more optimistic than under the Obama administration but that all changed about two months ago...
Here's where we stood on Inauguration Day:
Right Direction: 30%
Wrong Track: 59%
Net Negative: -29%
Right Direction: 29%
Wrong Track: 60%
Net Negative: -31%
Right Direction: 25%
Wrong Track: 63%
Net Negative: -38%
Change: -9% since Inauguration Day & -7% from a week ago
Like the weekly Presidential approval entry - I've decided to start rounding off these numbers this week. Btw, don't ask me why didn't start doing it sooner. The only time the factions matter is during an election cycle in tight races. Anyway. This week led a great deal of additional pessimism deviating from the President's slight increase in personal approval. It's obvious that nothing about the Las Vegas massacre is going to provide a runway for improved optimism about the direction of our country. Twitter actually made the observation that the country's pessimism on the day of the Vegas attack was the highest it's been since they began tracking it in 2008 (eclipsing the Pulse nightclub attack last year).
Until next week...