No pollster has ever called me on the phone to ask me whether I think the country is headed in the wrong direction.
You hear the question quoted in polling reports: "X% of those polled believe the country is headed in the wrong direction." What does that mean?
Purportedly it is some indication of where the leadership is moving the country's politics, culture, economy, values, consciousness. Or where the leadership is failing to move the country. Or how closely we are to paradise or hell in a hand-basket.
But what leadership? The President? The Congress? The Churches? Hollywood? The Courts? The Corporations? The Financial Gurus? The data are easily used to support anyone's bias.
So why do they keep asking people this stupid question?