Editor’s note: This is another in a series of “WND/WENZEL POLLS” conducted exclusively for WND by the public-opinion research and media consulting company Wenzel Strategies.
A new survey shows that more than three-quarters of Republicans and independents who vote in GOP primaries – including 87 percent who describe themselves as very conservative – are ready to write the nation’s epitaph, believing the best days for America now are long gone, never to return.
The poll, conducted for WND by Wenzel Strategies, also found 90.5 percent of the likely GOP primary voters believe the nation is on the wrong track.
Conducted Oct. 21-25, the telephone poll has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.32 percentage points.
Only 6.5 percent affirmed the path on which Obama is leading the U.S. The frustration peaked among those who describe themselves as very conservative. Among them, 98.1 percent said the president is off track. Even among those who described themselves as “very liberal,” more than 8 out of 10, 83.3 percent, said America is on the wrong track.
Pollster Fritz Wenzel said the fact that 9 out of 10 Republican primary election voters say they think things in the U.S. are headed in the wrong direction is not a big surprise.
“It is the foundational organizing principle of the GOP that the reign of the Obama administration and the aftermath of those two years of total Democratic party control from 2009 to 2011 represents the worst diversion from personal liberty and constitutional governance in the history of the nation,” he said.
The critique of Obama’s occupancy of the White House has remained the same for several months.
This poll, however, found that even independents who vote in GOP primaries are opposed to Obama’s leadership.
“Since this survey sample does include independent voters who prefer to vote in Republican primary elections, it’s interesting to note that even among these non-aligned voters, 88 percent said things are headed in the wrong direction,” Wenzel said.
“It is simply mind-numbing that the very future of American health care is being handed to the federal government at the same time when American distrust and dissatisfaction of the government is at or near an all-time high,” he commented.
Men (90.4 percent) and women (90.7 percent) were alike in their opinion about the nation’s direction, as were married (91 percent), single (88.1 percent) and divorced or separated (94.1 percent) respondents.
There was no region of the nation where more than 12.1 percent of the GOP primary voters though the nation is going the right way.
And in what may be a surprising result, given Obama’s push for amnesty for illegal aliens, fewer Hispanics (5 percent) than whites, blacks or Asians, believe Obama is leading the right way.
Another question focused on whether respondents believe the nation’s best days are gone for good, now that Obama has been president for about five years and has three more left in his second term.
Nearly 78 percent said yes.
“This is as disturbing a measurement of the American view of their own nation as we have seen, because it speaks very personally to what these adults think about the lives their own children will lead,” Wenzel said.
“It is a measurement of American discouragement, and no one is more discouraged that those age 45 to 64, the age group including parents of children who are just entering or have recently entered the workforce.”
Wenzel said these people have “witnessed firsthand how their own children are struggling to find meaningful careers, and they are witnessing the result of Washington’s demonization of the traditional American dream and financial success.”
“When you strip the politics out of this question, it speaks to a very sad situation here in the United States,” he said.
Eighty-seven percent of those who describe themselves as “very conservative” said the best says are past. The breakdown was 83 percent of the women, 84 percent of blacks and nearly 83 percent of those in the middle income range, from $50,000 a year to $75,000 a year.
The Wenzel poll from May showed that even 42 percent of the president’s own Democratic Party believe him to be leading the nation on the wrong path.
At that time, Wenzel warned that for Obama it “is growing more unlikely that public opinion will ever improve much, if at all.”
See detailed results of survey questions:
Would you say that, thinking about everything that is going on in the United States today and our overall state of affairs, the nation’s best days are behind us, ahead of us, or are we right now enjoying the very best days in the history of our nation?