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Over 7 in 10 Americans dissatisfied with direction country is going

Washington, Oct.28 (ANI): Three-quarters of American voters — 76 percent-are dissatisfied with how things are going in the country, according to a Fox News poll released Thursday.

That’s up from 69 percent who felt that way in April, and 61 percent at the beginning of the year.

At the Obama administration’s 100-day mark in April 2009, just over half of voters — 53 percent-were dissatisfied with the direction of the country. That number has steadily increased since. The current level of displeasure is almost back to where it was immediately before Barack Obama took office — 79 percent dissatisfied (January 2009).

The poll shows 43 percent of voters approve and 50 percent disapprove of the job Obama is doing as president.

Last month 43 percent approved and 51 percent disapproved. In the period between those two ratings the president took a three-day bus tour to promote his 450 billion dollar jobs plan, Libyan leader Muammar al-Qaddafi was killed, and the Republican presidential hopefuls held three debates.

The president’s job rating breaks sharply along party lines: 80 percent of Democrats approve, while 89 percent of Republicans disapprove. For independents, 32 percent approve, while 51 percent disapprove. That’s up one percentage point from a record-low 31 percent approval among independents in both August and September.

Voters are displeased with Congress as well. By a 63-29 percent margin, more voters disapprove than approve of the job Congressional Democrats are doing. Congressional Republicans fare even worse: by a 69-22 percent margin voters disapprove of their performance. That’s a record low approval and a record high disapproval rating-on both sides.

Over half of Republicans (52 percent) disapprove of the job Congressional Republicans are doing, while a 57-percent majority of Democrats approve of their party’s lawmakers.

Dissatisfaction with the direction of the country and unhappiness with the nation’s leaders has sparked organized responses-such as the Tea Party and the newly formed Occupy Wall Street movements.

In general, most voters say increasing government regulations does more to hurt than help their family (61-28 percent).

Likewise, twice as many think big government is a greater potential threat to the country’s future than big business (60-29 percent).

The Fox News poll is based on landline and cell phone interviews with 904 randomly chosen registered voters nationwide and was conducted under the joint direction of Anderson Robbins Research (D) and Shaw and Company Research (r) from October 23 to October 25.

It has a margin of sampling error of plus or minus three percentage points. (ANI)