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Fox News poll: Americans believe the world is 'going to hell in a handbasket'; many realize Obama Administration is lying to them

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(NaturalNews) If you have been watching national and world events and have been thinking that there seems to be an excessive amount of turmoil around the globe, take heart -- sort of. According to a new survey, you're certainly not alone, which is the good news. The bad news is, you're right.

According to a poll for Fox News, a majority -- 58 percent -- of voters believe the world is simply "going to hell in a handbasket," and that figure is bipartisan: 48 percent of Democrats feel that way, as do 61 percent of independents and 71 percent of Republicans. Just 35 percent, think that everything will work out and be okay.

As Fox News reported further:

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.

All of these stats figure poorly for the party in the White House.

Really, though, both parties aren't faring well

In a recent economic speech at Northwestern University, President Obama said that, even though he was not up for election, his policies were. But, he might be glad that he isn't actually on the ballot; the survey said that more than half -- 53 percent -- would vote against his policies if they were actually up for election, a figure that includes one in six Democrats (17 percent).

In addition, 10 percent more respondents -- 49 percent to 39 percent -- believe that America is "worse off" now than before Obama was elected in 2008. And the president's job approval ratings are also at historic lows: Just 40 percent approve, while 52 percent disapprove of his job performance.

Also, a majority of voters still disapprove of his signature legislation -- Obamacare; 52 percent don't like the law, which is consistent with public opinion about the Affordable Care Act since it was passed. Also, a larger majority believes that the administration did not present the law honestly in order 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," Fox News reported, reflecting a trend among voters that there is angst over both major parties.

For instance, the survey found that the perception of the Republican Party -- the party of Lincoln -- is more negative than positive, by 18 points (36 percent favorable compared to 54 percent unfavorable). But then you get that, in large part, when the entire entertainment industry and pop culture denigrate Republicans incessantly. If you don't believe that, imagine for a moment if Hollywood, the entertainment industry and pop culture were conservative -- do you think perceptions of the Democrat Party would be largely positive or negative?

Voters want flights banned from West Africa, too

Still, a generic ballot test indicates that more voters prefer GOP candidates than Democrat candidates in their respective House districts, though the difference is small -- 45-42 percent, which is actually well within the poll's margin of error. And, just a couple of weeks ago, that gap was larger -- 7 points larger -- 47-40 percent, among likely voters.

Voters are also out of step with the administration, as well leading Democrat and Republican politicians, regarding a flight ban from Ebola-infected nations. The president, as well as the country's top health officials and the leaders in both parties, has said such a ban is not wise, prudent or even possible -- which, of course, is false, given the fact that scores of other nations -- many of them African nations -- have already closed off travel from the three worst-hit West African nations of Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea.

According to Fox News, "by a 60-35 percent margin, voters say the U.S. should ban flights from countries where the virus has broken out. That includes majorities of Republicans (70 percent), Democrats (57 percent) and independents (52 percent)."

About half (46 percent) of American voters now believe that the Obama Administration is withholding information about Ebola. An even larger number (60 percent) believe that the government is hiding information pertaining to "Islamic State" jihadists.






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