As President Barack Obama enters his sixth year in the White House, 68 percent of Americans say the country is either stagnant or worse off since he took office, according to the latest NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll.
Just 31 percent say the country is better off, and a deep pessimism continues to fuel the public’s mood. Most respondents used words like “divided,” “troubled,” and “deteriorating” to describe the current state of the nation.
On the eve of Tuesday’s State of the Union address, more than six-in-10 Americans believe that the nation is headed in the wrong direction and 70 percent are dissatisfied with the economy.
Displayed here are the words and phrases poll respondents most commonly associated with where the country is headed in 2014, according to the latest NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll.
It’s not just Obama under fire. A whopping 81 percent disapprove of Congress and twice as many Americans now hold negative views about the Republican Party as positive ones.
Democratic pollster Fred Yang, whose firm conducted this survey with Republican pollster Bill McInturff, compares these findings to the 1993 movie “Groundhog Day,” in which the protagonist finds himself living the same day over and over.
“It seems like we’ve been re-living the same basic dynamics — a public that is anxious, dissatisfied and dismayed — in a continuous loop,” he said.
But Yang adds that Obama’s upcoming State of the Union address is his administration’s “best chance to try to achieve a reset with a focus on the economy after last year’s glitches” with the health care law.
Obama’s job rating stands at 43 percent
Ahead of the president’s Tuesday speech, the NBC/WSJ poll finds 43 percent of adults approving of his job and 51 percent disapproving — virtually unchanged from a month ago.