May 2nd, 2008
04:05 PM ET
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Poll: 70 percent in U.S. say things are going badly

New poll results show that voters think the Democratic candidates have a better handle on economic issues.
New poll results show that voters think the Democratic candidates have a better handle on economic issues.

WASHINGTON (CNN) – The vast majority of Americans think things are going badly in the country, according to a new poll.

Seven in 10 people questioned in a CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey released Friday say things are going badly, with only 30 percent saying things are going well.

"It's been 16 years since the public gave the country's condition such a bad rating: January 1992, to be precise, in the last year in office of the last president named Bush," CNN pollster Keating Holland said.

"Seventy percent is a lot worse than two years ago, when 48 percent thought times were bad and the Republicans lost control of Congress," CNN Senior Political Analyst Bill Schneider added.

The poll indicates that presumptive Republican presidential nominee Sen. John McCain fares poorly against either Democratic candidate when it comes to most domestic and economic issues but has a big advantage on terrorism and a narrow edge on Iraq.

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  1. enomisa

    Yes and Hillary can work us out of this mess.

    I copied this:
    May 1st, 2008 4:08 pm ET
    An interesting position for the Democrats to be in.
    The early string of caucus victories allowed a relatively small number of Obama supporters to drastically magnify their impact on the nominating process.
    There are reports from several states that Obama folks shouted down Clinton supporters and overwhelmed local party officials who, in many instances, simply didn't want to argue with zealots.
    Now that Obama is being defined by his opponents (both Republican and Democratic) he's having a much harder time of it and his weakness are becoming more obvious.
    But you know what? That's why we have super delegates.

    May 2, 2008 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  2. fred

    Duh...we the people down below 100,000 know that and have known it for sometime now.

    May 2, 2008 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  3. Griff

    The "Melting Pot", is lined with too much Old Iron... More Multi Cultural than ever. Getting to be like Europe.... Stagnant!

    May 2, 2008 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  4. Billy J Austin,TX

    Endless war for oil that we are paying twice as much for. Education shot. Economy Shot. Our Brothers and Sisters in the armed forces, shot.

    I dunno.... do you REALLY think things are that bad? Oh, I know... we need more upstanding righteous hard core conservatives, that'll fix things. I mean everyone knows that giving tax breaks to rich people will put all of America on the fast track to financial independence. And of course we know that bullying other countries with unilateral pre-emptive strikes will keep our citizens safe (because we are soooo afraid of some guys that hi-jack planes) It's not for the war profiteering, it's for our safety. And only a fool would think that teaching to a test, and closing schools down, wouldn't raise the IQ of and get every child into a great affordable college.

    We need more conservatives in charge!!! That'll fix stuff.

    May 2, 2008 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  5. DAN

    Hillary, Hillary, bring back the Clintons experience and get back on track, with HILLARYS health care for everyone, jobs + green jobs, freeze on forclosures with fix rates for 5 years, affordable education, prosperity for everybody and a plan for a better envirorment

    May 2, 2008 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  6. lynn

    Vote Hillary experience........fix our economy....
    vote experienced of three candidates........

    May 2, 2008 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  7. Vince - Phoenix (WHY AM I IN "MODERATION HELL"???

    um..... DUH!

    May 2, 2008 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  8. Jed in Texas

    If the voters only knew that this is all being done on purpose to rig the vote.Nothing is happening that hasnt been planned.How does it feel to be nothing more than pawns on a chess board?

    May 2, 2008 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  9. Veterans for Obama

    Precisely why democrats need to unite once a nominee is named....before then actually.

    May 2, 2008 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  10. Pam


    May 2, 2008 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  11. Mike

    Of course they are. I see foreclosures behind me and around my subdivision everywhere.

    And imagine with all that is at stake right now, people actually are considering gambling their futures on a rookie like Obama.

    Vote real, vote Hillary.

    May 2, 2008 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  12. Disgusted in Canada

    This is digusting.

    Move to Canada.

    May 2, 2008 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  13. Darth Vadik, CA

    Yes, now go vote for McSame, because of a crazy pastor and sniper fire.
    Some people are pathetic.

    May 2, 2008 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  14. TheRightNut


    And the oil companies
    And corn farmers
    And for Al Qaeda

    May 2, 2008 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  15. Stacy Clarks

    not suprised.....

    Bush took this country down the drain, and McCain plans to do the same!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    May 2, 2008 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  16. Truth Be Told

    Ohhh Reallly?? When Sen. Obama made a statement of fact and they twisted 1 word 'bitter' I guess yall aint bitter over these gas prices uh?!?!
    Keep it up folks... It's the same 'old politics' that Hillarious Clinton is giving you which is why we are right here!!!
    Hillarious 'Liar' Clinton could never get my vote!
    Out with the old politics I've had enough! AND IM PAYING FOR IT NOW!!!!!

    May 2, 2008 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  17. Jesse - San Antonio TX

    People should not be buying houses they can't afford in the first place.

    May 2, 2008 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  18. Julian - Los Angeles, CA

    Hmm...the last time that it was this year was Bush Sr's final year in office...

    Worst rating right now...Bush Jr is in office in his last year...

    Took a Clinton to fix the first Bush problem...

    It will take another Clinton to clean up the mess the 2nd Bush made.


    HILLARY 08!!!!!!!!!!

    May 2, 2008 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  19. James

    McCain and Bush would not see the economy going bad. They are only concerned about the war.

    May 2, 2008 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  20. Julian - Los Angeles, CA

    Hmm…the last time that it was this bad was Bush Sr's final year in office…

    Tied for worst rating right now…Bush Jr is in office in his last year…

    Took a Clinton to fix the first Bush problem…

    It will take another Clinton to clean up the mess the 2nd Bush made.


    HILLARY 08!!!!!!!!!!

    May 2, 2008 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  21. Peter Paul

    The other thirty percent are the ones who are causing it.

    May 2, 2008 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  22. Mike from Westchester

    No S- Shirlock! January 20, 2009 can't come fast enough!

    Next time anyone out there wants to vote for the guy, "They would like to have a beer with", just remeber George W. Bush.

    Take the elitist, please! Intelligence, judgment, and integrity are what matter.

    May 2, 2008 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  23. Festus, Montana

    The other thirty percent are the ones who are causing it.

    May 2, 2008 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  24. Ted:Canada

    Things are going more badly than you think

    CNN you missed the top international story of the day!

    May 2 Today!

    Check CBC radio to get the story. The world knows what happened today but not America!

    Good work Hillary pick a fight with everybody and put us ALL in danger. You are right up there with Bush and McCain

    wow! how stupid can you get

    May 2, 2008 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  25. Choate

    This poll shows how important it is that a Democrat is our next president. Weither it's Obama or Clinton. Hopefully the chicken little super delegates cast there vote the day after the Indiana and NC elections.

    May 2, 2008 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
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