Friday's ABC News/Washington Post daily track poll found that 55 percent of likely voters think the country is going in the wrong direction while 43 percent said it is going in the right direction.
While this has made President Barack Obama’s race for re-election challenging, the poll notes that George W. Bush in his successful 2004 re-election bid faced a similar situation.
Meanwhile, the race is still tight. Among likely voters, 48 percent support the Democrat incumbent while 49 support his Republican rival Mitt Romney.
- ABC News tracking poll – Nov. 1: More confidence in Romney for recovery
- ABC News tracking poll – Oct. 31 – Storm doesn't change dynamics of race
- ABC News tracking poll – Oct. 30: Gender gap tightens
- ABC News tracking poll – Oct. 29: Obama strong among middle class voters
- Oct. 26 tracking poll: Romney gains on economy stabilize
- Oct. 25 tracking poll – Voters trust Romney on economy
- Read past polls