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Country Remains on Wrong Track and Satisfaction with President Trump Continues to be Low


The percentage of Americans who believe the country is on the wrong track increased slightly according to the Fishlinger Poll for December from the Fishlinger Center for Public Policy Research at the University of Mount Saint Vincent. The number went slightly up from 63 in October to 65 in November.

At the same time, satisfaction with President Trump went up slightly from 26 in October to 28 in November.

Graphic titled: "Country Wrong Track Presidential Satisfaction"

November has again been a relatively moderate month for the Trump administration, with a view that tax reform may be passed this year. The stock market continues to hit record highs. President Trump’s two-week trip to Asia went without major incident and North Korea’s latest missile test has yet too have an impact.

The sexual harassment scandals dominate the news and have spread beyond Harvey Weinstein to now include Charley Rose, Matt Lauer, Garrison Keillor, and Democratic Senator Al Franken, Democratic congressman John Conyers along with former Alabama state judge and Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore. It is likely there will be more to come.

Survey Methodology
The Fishlinger Center conducts online national surveys focusing on political issues in the United States. The fieldwork for the polls is conducted using a blended national panel from Survey Sampling Inc. Interviews were conducted November 1-30, 2017. For a sample of 1,000, the credibility interval is plus or minus four percentage points. The credibility interval is larger for subgroups and for differences between polls.

In addition to credibility interval, the polls are subject to other potential sources of error including, but not limited to coverage and measurement error. Data were rim weighted to match the national population on age, sex, Hispanic origin and race. Question wording and topline results are available at

About the Fishlinger Center for Public Policy 
The Fishlinger Center for Public Policy Research opened in February 2015 at the University of Mount Saint Vincent. The Center conducts deep and broad studies of public opinion on key public policy concerns through independent and objective research conducted by students, faculty, and other members of the academic community.

By providing a forum for discourse that can stimulate intelligent dialog about issues that deeply affect all Americans, the Center illustrates and enhances the relationship between the work of the College and the common good.

James F. Donius, Ph.D., director of the Fishlinger Center for Public Policy Research at the University of Mount Saint Vincent, is available to speak to members of the press about the survey, the Fishlinger Optimism Index™, and the Center. To arrange an interview, or for more information about the study, please contact Public Relations at

About the University of Mount Saint Vincent
Founded in 1847 by the Sisters of Charity, the University of Mount Saint Vincent offers nationally recognized liberal arts education and a select array of professional fields of study on a landmark campus overlooking the Hudson River. Committed to the education of the whole person, and enriched by the unparalleled cultural, educational, and career opportunities of New York City, the College equips students with the knowledge, skills, and experiences necessary for lives of achievement, professional accomplishment and leadership in the 21st century.