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. Billy G in Las Vegas

    a worker voting Republican is like a Chicken voting for Col Sanders. the current state of the US economy is the direct result of almost 30 years of Republican administrations. I include the 8 years of Bill Clinton in that statement because NAFTA and deregulation of financial markets were "pure Republican".

    the next President needs to be a combination of Theodore Roosevelt, the Progressive Republican, and Franklin Roosevelt, the Liberal Democrate, who hopefully has a overwelming Democratic majority in both the House and Senate, in order to turn this country's economy around.

    May 2, 2008 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  2. Chris in Va.

    So I guess it's fair to say that Americans are bitter?

    May 2, 2008 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  3. Amy Jacobson

    God help this country if 70% of it's people think 5% unemlpoyment is bad.

    May 2, 2008 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  4. KMAN

    One must be rather obtuse to not see a direct connection between our poor economy and Bush's Iraq War ... you cannot merely look at the economy in a vacuum … his ill-advised war has greatly harmed the value of the US Dollar BECAUSE we are paying for it all by incurring additional (record-breaking) national debt.

    May 2, 2008 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  5. Skip

    When someone has purchased a home with a "variable rate" mortgage and can no longer afford it the blame is two-fold. Predatory lending practices and an ill advised purchase. Quit trying to live outside of your means and quit waiting for someone to clean up your mess. If the next administration negates a legally binding contract then the cost of every loan in this country will skyrocket because "risk" is part of the cost of every loan.

    May 2, 2008 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  6. Susan MO

    This sums it up:

    "Rich people, God bless us. We deserve all the opportunities to make sure our country and our blessings continue until the next generation."

    Hillary on Bill O'Reilly 😦

    Go Obama '08

    May 2, 2008 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  7. Greg

    What % of these same people would rather be in some other country, say Ethiophia for instance?

    Kudos to the media for its honorable attempt to thoroughly convince each and every American that they face a terrible future.

    Congrats for contributing nothing to society.

    May 2, 2008 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  8. Kim

    Indeed , this is what twenty years of the Bush/Clinton Dynasty has brought us. War, poor economy,high gas prices,dishonest greedy Government and the selling of our good paying jobs to China. Want 4 to 8 more years of this ruin. Just vote for McBush or Hillary (Bush lite) Clinton.

    May 2, 2008 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  9. John

    Bush is a sell out who offered personal friends contracts paid for by American taxpayers. He lost money for himself and others with his hair-brained economic genius, and the only place he made money was when he sold his share of a Texas baseball team. He didn't have the money to invest $600K himself, so he borrowed it from papa's buddies. The man we voted into the presidency is truly an idiot, and I'll bet papa George says the same thing everyday. Bush has created a third world nation in less than 8 years, it's named America.

    May 2, 2008 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  10. Judy

    HillBilly to the rescue with her 18cent tax cut!!!


    Stupid lady, you sound like that OLD FART McCain.

    May 2, 2008 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  11. Tjaye


    May 2, 2008 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  12. hillaryskank on myspace

    Ever notice how the economy started tanking the minute Hillary started running for President. It will continue to tank until she gets her cellulite pants suit off the campaign trail and back to what she does best....adding millions of pork to legislation for those that supported her campaign.
    The FEC needs to investigate that now.

    May 2, 2008 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  13. John Smith

    Hillary is NOT tearing apart the democratic party. Hillary is doing just what any Clinton does— take advantage of any situation given to them (e.g., Monica L., Sniper-fire; NAFTA, Michigan and FL votes etc.).

    The real people splitting this party are the "bilnd" and uneducated supporters of Hillary. How can Hillary, with more negatives than any politican (except Gov. Bush), ever run a successful general election in this nation? The Republicans and Independents are praying for that day to come!!! We will have to thank, not Hillary (because she will be off somewhere with her $109 million), but her "bird-brain" supporters

    May 2, 2008 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  14. Carrie

    Don't sweat it people, the Hill-McBush team are swooping to your rescue with a gas tax plan that will put 30 bucks in your pocket....problem solved!

    Time for seriousness, it's time for Obama!

    May 2, 2008 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  15. 4Hillary

    The other 30% must be in Oblahmaland!!


    May 2, 2008 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  16. RHP

    Yes,, and 30% percent are politicians or employed by the govt or work for KBR/Halliburton.

    May 2, 2008 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  17. GL

    Stop with the incessant polls already. Perhaps try reporting some news- some news we don't know already that doesn't require a poll.

    Not sure who this dragged out primary is doing more damage too- The democratic party or the credibility of the media that is covering it....

    Maybe you should poll that question.

    May 2, 2008 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  18. Dave

    I guess the media has been successful with advancing their agenda. Congratulations!

    May 2, 2008 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |

    one in 198 people that has mortgages are facing forclosure issues, you media freaks have nothing better that to make things worse that what they really are. No the lib freaks can't do a better job for the economy either, they will tax us all to death, screw the libs.

    May 2, 2008 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  20. Eugene

    CNN do not want you to know that Hillary Clinton campaign manager has cause millions to lose there home do to targeting young back and poor white home owners. By pushing faulty subprime loans from delta.

    Why is that that CNN is not talking about this?

    May 2, 2008 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  21. Interested Reader

    Stock market over 13,000 again. Dollar rising. Credit crunch coming under control. Housing market stablizing.

    Yeah... but "victims" will always cry and stick their palms out in an election year saying "gimme gimme gimme".

    May 2, 2008 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  22. AZM

    Dang... I mean things aren't that bad for me because I keep a close eye on my lifestyle, budget, debt, etc... but am curious what the other 30% are thinking... I'd think 100% could see things aren't going well?

    May 2, 2008 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  23. scott

    BUSH number one was the last time things were this bad Clinton fixed it and we all made Money. Bush 2 has followed daddy back to the hole where in now. tHIS ELection is to important to let all the kids that were for the clinton years given everything they wanted. Lets all really think about it I said it over a year ago this country is not in the need of a rookie (with conserning judgment) to be running it. We did that already it was BUSH 2

    May 2, 2008 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  24. Get Shorty

    Not true. It could be a lot worse. Let's hope we get the right president this time.

    May 2, 2008 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  25. JDR

    Meanwhile, all the dem fighting is going to ensure another republican presidency, rendering these polls worthless!

    May 2, 2008 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
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