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. JohnLahai

    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 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  2. crownsy

    in other news, sky still blue.

    It doesn't take a poll to know that the republicans are running this country into the ground...

    May 2, 2008 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  3. David Goldman for OBAMA







    May 2, 2008 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  4. the right nut

    it all started to go down hill after the democrats to control of congress!!!

    May 2, 2008 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  5. Freida, PA

    Yeah, I hope November will be a blow out fo the Dems. We need a new path to follow, not the same old Bush tactics.

    We can do it America, let's take back our country.

    Obama 08

    May 2, 2008 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  6. 58 white old ladies for OBAMA






    May 2, 2008 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  7. Brandon NC Voter

    Of course it is thats why we need someone in the white house competent enough to handle it not some pup

    Hillary 08

    May 2, 2008 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  8. annie

    Things are going badly with our economy and special interest groups like oil companies and people like obama who takes bundled funds from oil companies to supply his campaign

    If you want our country back on the right track vote for Hillary! She is the only one with the strength and intelligence to get our country going again!!

    May 2, 2008 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  9. Griff

    A Country Divided! Let them eat Cake? Unless you elect an Independant.. There only is Two Piece's.. One a Democrat, the other Republican... Recession? Or, Depression.. Bickering goe's nowhere..
    Whoever is Elected in November. America will be even more Divided in 2009....

    May 2, 2008 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  10. Chief

    Well what do you know? After months and months of the media telling the American people the economy is just terrible they take a poll and what do people think; the econmy is just terrible. If the government was doing the same thing the media would can it brain-washing.

    May 2, 2008 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  11. TC

    ...and who would have "thunk" it...

    May 2, 2008 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  12. GoHillary

    ...and if they vote for OBAMA they can only expect things to get worse. Ditch the puppet – vote for someone with real balls:

    Hillary Clinton!

    May 2, 2008 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  13. Franky

    There's no question guys that in my lifetime, this election is not going to be one of the most important elections in my era, but arguably in the beginning of this century. I'm not lying guys, this election will determine how much we have evolved as a nation.........of course the candidates are important but let's face the facts, this election will determine how we as a nation understand our is going to be a unique election especially since the Dems are continuing the race....

    May 2, 2008 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  14. kathy in ohio

    Mr. Obama

    It could be more than $30 for the whole summer, with my mileage it would be a savings of $32.00 a month. I am sure you have never heard of Aldes. It is a grocery store, you pay a quarter to use a cart and you bring your own grocery bags.Bread.79cents, peanut butter 1.29. jelly .99, macaroni and cheese .49cents,boneless chicken breasts 3# for 5.99 , canned veg. .39 cents, hot dogs .69 cents, milk 2.79 gal , sliced cheese ,79 cents, I am right around $15.00 , so for a single mom or a struggling family, or a senior citizen it could give them several lunches. This might be the reason you are labeled as an elitist .

    May 2, 2008 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  15. Walt, Belton,TX

    All because a lot of greedy bankers and lenders gave ridiculous loans to buyers who didn't qualify or shouldn't have qualified and now the Congress is going to bail them out like a good socialist country should.

    May 2, 2008 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  16. tell the truth

    I guess Obama was telling the truth people are bitter. He always speaks the truth. Vote Obama if you believie in the truth.

    May 2, 2008 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  17. Paul

    Not to worry. They will be sure to get worse if Hillary gets elected. She fooled us once, shame on her. If she does it again, it'll be shame on U.S.

    May 2, 2008 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  18. Ike DeLong

    Sorry to say it took two terms of BUSH, for some Americans to realize just what a big mistake they made! (McBush SAME DEAL)
    GO HILLARY 08!!

    May 2, 2008 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  19. Charlotte

    Obama has taken over a million dollars in donations from sub-prime lenders. Citigroup,Washington Mutual,Countrywide,Credit Suisse, Centex and Goldman Sachs. He is beholden to them and their tatics. He talks out of both sides of his mouth. He is a typical politician who will say what he thinks you want to hear. Rev. Wright said it all, Obama is a politician who says what a politician needs to say to win."

    May 2, 2008 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  20. Tony, Miami

    Instead of focussing on the economy Hillary and the press prefer the distractions and the DNC will have to pay the high price.

    Why do you think people like Rush Limbaugh, Shaun Hannity etc...all now support Hillary so obviously and only attack OBAMA. Do you believe she is the one who they think can beat the republicans.

    Doesn't make sense. Obama will win

    May 2, 2008 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  21. Lois in CA

    For those who thought the United States was invinsible, please consider the fall of the Soviet Union. That nation entered a protracted and unwinable war in Afghanistan, and despite pouring funds, troops, and resources against an enemy they considered technologically inferior, the war wound up basically bankrupting the USSR and was a contributing factor in the fall of that regime.

    How much do Americans think they can afford to squander in a foriegn invasion based on lies? How much will it take to backrupt this country? And then what?

    May 2, 2008 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  22. Esoxslayer

    "Thirty Percent are totally ignorant."

    May 2, 2008 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  23. Esoxslayer

    McCain can't remember what he said a few days ago. You better have him tested for Alzheimers.

    May 2, 2008 08:16 pm at 8:16 pm |
  24. Brian

    Things are going badly lets vote for the people with the experience that got us here. McCain/Clinton '08

    May 2, 2008 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
  25. Tony B B.C.Mich

    AND THE OTHER 30 PERCENT................. WHAT ? ARE THEY NOT LIVING ING IN THE UNITED STATES?.......................... STEP INTO THE LIGHT YOU OTHER 30 PERCENT.........................................!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    May 2, 2008 08:38 pm at 8:38 pm |
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