New polling indicates that while a majority of Americans are feeling positive about the U.S. economy, they also believe that the country is heading in the wrong direction. The survey signaled that Americans were becoming increasingly frustrated by President Donald Trump and the GOP-majority Congress.
On Oct. 5, a Suffolk University/USA Today survey found that 53 percent of national adults believed that the U.S. economy was in recovery but that that 64 percent said that the country was on the wrong track. Historically, rising optimism about the economy correlates with confidence in the country's direction, USA Today reports.
The disconnect between how Americans felt about the economy and how they viewed about the nation's trajectory appeared to be influenced by widespread negativity about the Trump administration and Congress.
33 percent of national adults said that Trump was following through on his campaign promises while 57 percent said he was not. 26 percent of respondents said that he was exceeding their expectations as president while 47 said he was doing a worse job than they had anticipated.
"He's not doing his job the way he's supposed to do," said 58-year-old Robert Pounds of South Carolina, who voted for Trump in the 2016 presidential election.
While the majority of respondents were down on just about every politician, Republicans fared worse in the survey than their Democrat peers. 62 percent of national adults disapproved of the Republican Party, which currently controls Congress, while 48 percent disapproved of the Democratic Party.
While both parties were viewed negatively by a majority of Americans, the GOP's margin of unpopularity could make it difficult for the Republican majorities in Congress to hold onto power in the 2018 midterm elections.
"The Republican Party is in freefall," Suffolk University poll director David Paleologos told The Hill.
33 percent of respondents said they wanted a Congress elected in 2018 that would better cooperate with Trump's legislative agenda while 57 percent said they wanted representatives who would actively oppose the president.
RealClearPolitics, after aggregating the last eight national surveys released between August 17 and Oct. 3, found that an average 64 percent of Americans believed their country was heading in the wrong direction.