July 31st, 2008
04:00 PM ET
5 years ago

Poll: Country's mood rivals historic low

A new poll Thursday finds 76 percent of Americans are not happy with how things are going in the country.
A new poll Thursday finds 76 percent of Americans are not happy with how things are going in the country.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - A new poll out Thursday indicates that less than quarter of Americans think things are going well in the country.

The CNN/Opinion Research Corp. Poll showed that only 24 percent have a positive outlook for the country, while 76 percent say things are on the wrong track.

That figure is the lowest number on record since 1980, and the third time in four decades that the number has dropped so low.

Recent CNN/Opinion Research Corp. polling has shown a steady drop in the country's mood. In April 2007, 51 percent said things in the country were going badly. A year later, 70 percent felt that way.

"Only three events - Watergate, the Iran hostage crisis, and the economic downturn of 1992 - have driven below 30 percent the number who think things are going well," CNN's polling director Keating Holland said. The mood of the country has been assessed since 1974.

The poll sampled 1,041 adult Americans by telephone on July 27-29, 2008. The margin of error was plus or minus 3 percentage points.


Filed under: CNN Polls • Congress • President Bush
soundoff (115 Responses)
  1. Sherry, Atlanta

    Congress taking a MONTH VACATION!

    Maybe they won't return...

    July 31, 2008 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  2. Whats left in your wallet?

    Even the Romans would laugh at us.Most corrupt and short lived empire EVER.

    July 31, 2008 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  3. Drew from Green Bay, WI

    I don't think this figure means much. Yes, we know that Americans have been unhappy with the Bush administration, but at the same time I don't think people are paying attention anymore. I think that because new elections will be coming up this year that people say they are unhappy now; their waiting to cash in thier hope on the next president.

    Obama/Hagel '08!

    July 31, 2008 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  4. Robert Wooller, West Yorkshire England

    Well, what do they expect after eight years under Bush???

    July 31, 2008 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  5. Tejano

    Americans are like a bunch of spoiled brats. They have everything they could possibly want and still want more. What a bunch of whiners

    if they think that it is going to get better with Obama they will be sadly disappointed. The Socialist Democrats will take from everyone that works and give it to the ones that won't.

    July 31, 2008 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  6. charles

    cnn you rae racist and you have always bn racist. you specified that a black woman asked mccain abt a clean campaign. wat was the point there. why not just say a woman asked him like you always do if its a white person. you are a disgrace to the evolution of the human race. l FEEL SO ANGRY WHEN MILLIONS OF PEOPLE WHO READ AND WATCH YR CHANNEL LET YOU GET AWAY WITH SUCH NONSENSE.WE ARE ALL THE SAME REGARDLESS OF COLOUR. ARE PEOPLE SO STUPID THAT THEY DONT GET YR POINT BY SPECIFIYING THE "BLACK WOMAN". YOU ARE PATHETIC CNN YOU SHOULD BE ASHAMED OF YR RACIST MINDS.

    July 31, 2008 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  7. Ed Ward

    Goodbye, GOP.

    You're gotten us into this mess, and now it's time for someone else to straighten it up.

    "The Democratic Party, cleaning up GOP messes since 1933".

    July 31, 2008 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  8. v.a.

    yeah, thanks to bush's post 9/11 management. he had an opportunity to unite this country that is rarely given and he flushed it down the toilet. now it's red versus blue more than ever.

    thanks, ya dumb hick.

    July 31, 2008 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  9. Independent-woman-4-Obama

    Look our nation's unemployment rate IS AT A 5-YEAR HIGH! People are losing their jobs and those who have them are afraid!

    Our nation is in debt (thanks to Bush/Cheney) $10 TRILLION!

    Since the IRAQ WAR STARTED FUEL PRICES HAVE INCREASED 121%~ THANKS BUSHCHENEY!

    ADD this to the FACT that Americans as they lose their jobs LOSE HEALTH INSURANCE.......... AND HOW WILL THEY PAY FOR AN EMERGENCY?????????

    THE NUMBER ONE REASON FOR BANKRUPTCY IS MEDICAL BILLS!

    PLEASE, AMERICA, WAKE-UP AND SEE THAT WE MUST CHANGE THE WAY THINGS ARE DONE!

    CAN YOU IMAGINE ALL THE PEOPLE WITHOUT HEALTHCARE WHO WOULD HAVE BEEN HELPED WITH THE ............ $650 BILLION WE HAVE SPENT IN IRAQ IN 2007???????????????????

    July 31, 2008 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  10. Lesley

    I hope this means good news for the Obama campaign. McCain is another four years of the last eight years and with his low-road politics he is bringing himself down. How can you expect people to believe that you will change things for the better when all you do is mount negative campaign ads and talk very little about your positive hopes for the future. McCain is negative and will bring more negativity to the WH if he gets there. Plus his campaign is a mess. We don't need another mess in the White House. If this is an example of how he runs things, how can anyone vote for him and expect a turn around for our country?

    July 31, 2008 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  11. R

    It will take a democrat to get us back out of this mess once again!

    July 31, 2008 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  12. are you done yet?

    with issues like economy and war, gas and environment and we have McCain with only attack adds ...how would you feel

    July 31, 2008 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  13. Gary of El Centro, Ca

    8 years of Bush would put anyone in a funky mood. I still wonder how he got elected twice to the highest office in the land. Heck, you can't find anyone these days that will admit to having voted for him.

    July 31, 2008 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  14. fred

    blame it on the fact that government is too big. It's funny that an entire 500 some people can determine what 300 Million Americans think of this country. It's time that we elect for smaller government, so that when something goes wrong in government, it doesn't hurt much more than the government itself. It's time that the 300 Million people in America become America itself, and not give all the power to 500 some corrupt people in Washington (not saying they are all corrupt, but many are).

    Right now, congress isn't doing anything. I say that if they make a new program, and spend more money, they get rid of what isn't working first. The government should stop funding planned parenthood and all of these other organizations that don't do us any good at all.

    If only congress spent like the Huckabee campaign spent. His name got out there, but he had the second to least amount of money, out of any democrat or republican. In last place was Duncan Hunter, who is relatively unheard of. Implement the fair tax and cut government spending, and our economy will do sooooooooooooo much better, and everyone will start to be happy again.

    July 31, 2008 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  15. David

    Are we realy that slow to learn, I was part of the 76% 7 years ago. I don't think the other 24% will ever wake up.

    July 31, 2008 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  16. Elly

    this is why its so important to vote for Obama and bring about the change the country needs
    there is not much the dems can do unless the voters realize they
    NEED a majority to push votes through the two houses
    An election does not start and end with a good leader it takes a majority to get votes thru the house
    this is your time to change the status Quo and it means voting in the dems in every electorate starting with Barack Obama for president
    Ask yourself where the last 8 years with Bush and MCSame have got you
    the answer is simple for change Obama 08

    July 31, 2008 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  17. Mainely Carol

    And yet there are people still deluding themselves that another Republican led President will change this . They whine then vote in the same old GOP.. duped again by low Rove style campaigns.

    The leader who is offering new solutions and saying we can again be proud in the golbal world to be an American, and have some HOPE for any change is Sen. Obama. So keep it in mind America.

    You know if you put spoiled milk back in the refrigerator it doesn't get any better sitting there aging... That is what McCain offers the same old spoiled policies. Nothing new, just repackaged old stuff.

    July 31, 2008 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  18. norml

    we've had 8 years of bush,and looking at 4 more.i think i'll vote for the smart guy.

    July 31, 2008 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  19. the new idea!!!!

    while McCain and Obama are fighting for POTUS...American people are fighting for their lives....MR. McCain since you have decided to take the low road...SO SHALL WE!!!! you thought PUMA had claws, well Mr. Mccain you ain't seen NOTHING yet! we will expose you for everything you truly are....

    July 31, 2008 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  20. McCain is too old

    Go figure...and according to CNN polling, McBush is statistically tied.

    Either CNN polling is flawed or the American people are so stupid they want more of the same...

    I BLAME CNN

    July 31, 2008 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  21. Bonnie Perry

    In a nation sitting on the edge of a historical election year, where the first black president could take office, Congress, more than ever, needs to try to resolve, some of the problems that are weighing heavily upon the nation as a whole. Record low investment returns, record high foreclosure numbers, a president who makes his mark on the history books as being the lowest in public support, a war which seems to be at a stall, and gas prices which put even more Americans into debt. All of these are issues which need to be taken care of NOW!! The Democrats cheered when they gained the upper hand in the Congress, now they are talking about going on vacation and walking away from a situation which has been in dire need of change since Bush took the office for his second term. We are on the edge of a precipice which could make or break this nation as a whole. Just to gain control of the Congress is not enough. The Democrats need to take off and keep the ball going to try to solve some of the mistakes which have been allowed to take place in our nation since the Republicans were allowed to put their hand puppet in office, meaning Bush. We need to make changes in our nation now. Border patrols strengthened, lower fuel costs, alternative fuel sources, and an end to a war which has dragged on much longer than is necessary and cost us more money which should be brought back into our nation and used to fix our own problems here. DO NOT CONTINUE TO DRAG OUT OUR NATION'S PROBLEMS!! MAKE CHANGES FOR OUR COUNTRY NOW!!!!!!!!!

    July 31, 2008 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  22. Terri

    The mood should be at all time low people are hurting and feeling stressed and the people elected to be in charge don't seem to understand or care.

    NO Empathy

    That is why we need to elect BO someone who cares and can relate to the average everyday hardworking person.

    some one who climb out the gutter to become the man that he is not born with a silver spoon in his mouth or married into money.

    July 31, 2008 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  23. jp/michigan

    No things are not going well for Americans'. The Democrats on the Hill are not making it better, since taking over the Hill. American want to be self sufficient, not depended on foreign countries for energy or goods. The Democrats are stopping that from happening, 70% or more Americans' want drilling to continue and the Democrats are tell the American people , we don't care what you want , we know best. Socialism, Marxism in the making.

    July 31, 2008 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  24. JIM...TX

    I'd like some of whatever those 24% are drinking:) Must be the Rove's, Halliburtons, KBR's and that bunch with opinions like that!

    July 31, 2008 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  25. bill for barack

    Why shouldn't our mood be low ?
    We're living in danger of having President McBush.
    My father fought AGAINST Hitler in World War 2.
    Now the Republicans are trying to make him president.

    July 31, 2008 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
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