According to surveys conducted by the Rasmussen organization, Americans are feeling more bullish overall about the direction of the country, and about President Donald Trump’s powers of command. 

According to a Rasmussen Reports survey that was released on Tuesday, 42 percent of likely U.S. voters believe that the country is  heading in the right direction. This represents an uptick of one point over last week. For much of 2016, that figure hovered in the mid- to upper 20s for most of 2016 but then rose to the mid-to upper 40s for the first month of the Trump presidency.

Another Rasmussen Reports survey finds found that 52 percent of American adults think it will be at least somewhat difficult for recent college graduates to find a job in the current economy, down significantly from past years. This includes the 16 percent who think it will be very difficult. A year ago, 71 percent believed it would be difficult for recent graduates to find a job, but that was down from findings in the high-70s to high-80s since 2011. 

In yet another survey by the organization, even more voters now believe that Trump sets the agenda in Washington D.C. However, national media outlets come in at a distant second. The survey found that 46 percent of likely U.S. voters believe Trump is setting the agenda, which is an increase over the 42 percent of January. In second is the national media, with 17 percent of U.S. voter who think reporters call the shots. The GOP-led Congress and the Democratic opposition are now practically tied for third, with respectively 11 percent and 10 percent of likely voters, believing they are in charge. Another 16 percent aren’t so sure. 
 

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Spero News editor Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat, who also worked as a democracy advocate and election observer in Latin America. His first novel 'Shaken Earth', is available at Amazon.

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