- The Washington Times - Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Seven in 10 Americans says the country is on the wrong track and more than half disapprove of the job President Obama is doing, according to a new George Washington Battleground Poll.

The poll conducted by Lake Research found just two in 10 people think the country is heading in the right direction, while about 9 percent are unsure.

Among those who felt the U.S. is on the wrong track, the leading answer — 7.1 percent — was Mr. Obama’s lack of leadership, followed by a poor foreign policy and problems with Congress.

Those who took a rosier view cited progress on health care — 21.3 percent — and then improvement in the economy and stock market.

More voters would select a Republican candidate instead of a Democratic one if a congressional action were held today, although by a slim 46-42 percent margin.

They cited the economy as the number-one issue driving their vote, at 24 percent, compared to feelings about their representative’s behavior (15 percent), Obamacare (13 percent), Mr. Obama and Social Security and Medicare (each 10 percent) or women’s issues (5 percent).