Poll: Over Half of Americans Say the World is “Going to Hell in a Handbasket”

President Obama
President Obama

The world’s “going to hell in a handbasket,” according to a majority of voters in the latest Fox News poll.

And that’s draining support for President Obama’s policies. But will it help Republicans on Election Day? Unclear.


The new poll, released Wednesday, finds 58 percent of voters feel things in the world are “going to hell in a handbasket.” That includes nearly half of Democrats (48 percent) and majorities of independents (61 percent) and Republicans (71 percent).

Some 35 percent of voters channel Bob Marley’s mantra that everything will be all right.

Meanwhile, by a 61-36 percent margin, voters say they don’t feel hopeful about the direction of the country. That’s a reversal from 2012 when 57 percent felt hopeful. The shift is driven by a nearly 30-point drop among Democrats: 80 percent felt hopeful two years ago, while just 52 percent say the same now. In August 2012, Democrats were likely buoyed by Obama’s re-election campaign.

In a recent economic speech at Northwestern University, Obama said even though he wasn’t on the ballot this election — his policies were. He should be glad that’s not actually the case: a 53 percent majority would vote against his policies if they were up for a vote. That includes one in six Democrats (17 percent).

Plus, by a 10 percentage-point margin, more voters think the country is “worse off” today than before Obama was elected (49 worse off vs. 39 better off).

The president’s job rating is only slightly better: 40 percent approve and 52 percent disapprove.

And then there’s this: voters not only think his signature legislation ObamaCare is “mostly a bad thing” for the country (52 percent), they also believe the administration misrepresented the law to get it passed (55 percent).

Despite all that negative sentiment toward the administration, the poll shows Republicans have failed to make significant gains this election season — mostly because voters think they stink too.

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