July 31st, 2008
04:00 PM ET
6 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.


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soundoff (115 Responses)
  1. deepintheheart

    You know whats funny? Here we are at the end of one of the worst administrations the country has ever known with the economy in tatters, our good name in shreds across the world, in a war that should have never been started in the first place and no easy out from, and yet there are still way too many people who want to keep this party inside the White House!!! How can any sane person vote for a man who shares the same party as Bush? I don't care if you are Republican or PUMA or Independant, how can you continue with the same old, same old and expect different results?

    This just proves that our American education system needs to fixed.

    July 31, 2008 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  2. Chris from NY

    If the country's mood is this all time low why is the media not holding the campaigns accountable to how they plan to motivate it's citizens?Rather you guys are fanning the flame of divisiveness. You divide America in to race, sex, and age. For what? Just for ratings. Shame on the American media.

    July 31, 2008 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  3. LeMonton

    "only 24 percent have a positive outlook for the country, while 76 percent say things are on the wrong track"

    And who do you think brings more hope to this nation, Obama or McCain with his old politics and same failed policies as Bush.

    Obama represents the future. Give hope a chance. Turn the page and vote for Obama.

    July 31, 2008 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  4. Marge Hibbing Mn

    And the reason people's mood is low is because they have no hope. obama with the help of the DNC has been shoved down peoples throats. Most real Americans don't want him.

    McCain is not the best but he is what people who are disgusted with the democrats and their "walking on water" candidate have to vote for him so we don't have four more years of actions worst than bush.

    I didn't think there was any chance we would get a whiny, crying egotistical candidate like bush, but what we dems have got is worst.

    July 31, 2008 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  5. Ian

    And yet we'll re-elect 99% of the same "representatives".

    Ron Paul '08

    July 31, 2008 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  6. grandma

    John McCain is angry and old nothing help him he need to go home and chill out. He is winning and gallous of Obama 's trip and love that people have for him. I still remember his interview that he had and said we do not want negative Campaign HA HA HA . McCain may have experience, too much experience as a solder, but I worry about his judgment in coming years as president

    July 31, 2008 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  7. Veterans for Obama

    Duh...the country is being run to the ground by greedy Republicans!

    July 31, 2008 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  8. Progressive Progressives for Progress in Progressive Progression

    How much of this "unhappy mood" is real and how much is a media created perception, designed to get Obama in office, the same way the media did with Bill Clinton in 1992?

    In a time of 5.5 percent unemployment, traditionally considered nearly "full employment"... a time when 96 percent of all American home owners are paying their mortgages on time and are not in fear of losing their homes... a time when a million iPhones were sold in it's first weekend of sales... a time when a Batman movie is set to earn over $400 million dollars in a mere two weeks of play...

    Yes, these are awwwwwful economic times in which we live... can't the Democrats save us by requiring me to pay even MORE of my paycheck in taxes? Oh, where is the humanity?! Is it hidden underneath the pile of your three iPods or the billions of dollars we spend each year on house pets? This is a mental recession indeed.

    July 31, 2008 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  9. Tom

    With these two candidates I'm with the 76%. I guess that is how it is going to be for the next 4 years. My choice – who will do the least damage and that will be the one to vote for.

    July 31, 2008 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  10. Texan in Colorado

    Of course everybody thinks the world is coming to an end.... the media keeps telling us that over & over & over, so people eventually begin to believe it. Is your cup half empty or half full??? You decide which way you want it.

    July 31, 2008 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  11. Ron

    America realizes that we have been and are being dumped on by our elected 'Royal ' leaders. And yet half the country is prepared to vote for McSame, fully knowing that he is the problem, not the solution. Bogles the mind.

    July 31, 2008 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  12. Neal

    Yup and its all in our head, just ask Bush and Gram and other rich guys.

    July 31, 2008 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  13. Mike

    The Republicans keep dragging us through the dung while they get richer and richer. And yet we still vote for them. No wonder they do not respect us.

    July 31, 2008 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  14. mike

    isn't that 24% percent close to the number of voters who say they would vote for Bush again? Don't you think this group is getting exactly what it wants from Bush policies?

    July 31, 2008 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  15. bulldog

    The Bush administration is most responsible. This country is more more divided and is filled with more hate because of them. They have spread so many hateful messages for seven years now and it's been hammered down everyone's throat. The 24 percent who think this country is going well are likely those rich people who gotten richer under Bush. They are living the high life while most Americans are suffering.

    July 31, 2008 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  16. Lynn

    The mood would be alot better if Obama would stop all this Greast Black leader in History Trash!! Obama need to drop out of race for lieing his way to the top!!

    July 31, 2008 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  17. irish

    It's because we do not hold our politican's responsible for the promises that they make to the american public. They say whatever they want to get elected. Bottom line. We let them get away with murder. When are we as a peole going to stand up and hold them accountable? When are we as a people going to demand that they do the job that they are being paid for with the blood, sweat and tears of the American peoples hard earned dollars. Must be nice to take a month long vacation CONGRESS!!!!!!. There are people in this country that can't even put food on the table and your taking a month long vacation and we are letting them get away with it !!!!! . Our goverment is suppose to be for the people, by the people and of the people. What happened? Have we all become that sleepy and tiried that we don't care anymore ? We give them the power and we take it away. This do nothing congress of ours needs to be thrown out on there heads !!!!!

    July 31, 2008 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  18. S. Boatman

    Its All Mccains Fault! His Negative Ads Are Bringing Down The Entire Country! I Mean If Obama Is The Cause Of My High Has Prices Surly Mccain Is To Be At Fault For This!

    July 31, 2008 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  19. Texas Trail Dog!

    NO WE ARE NOT GOING WELL. HEAVEN FORBID IF OBAMA GAINS THE CONTROLS. THEN WE WILL BE IN A NOSEDIVE.

    July 31, 2008 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  20. Will in Richmond, VA

    Yet and still, McCain continues to be competitive with Obama.

    The real question is why?

    July 31, 2008 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  21. Denise Groves

    i agree with the political commentators. this campaign is about the conomy, stupid! This is Obama's campaign to win.

    If he looses (which I doubt), it will because he didn't make this campaign about Bush/McCain.

    July 31, 2008 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  22. It Be Me

    and some people want to vote for McCain and have 4 more years of this??? I don't get it.....

    July 31, 2008 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  23. I have to say this

    Those 24% must have been paid to say that things are positive, or they are the big wigs of big companies.

    Everyone else, time to get a pitchfork and start a revolution. It starts in Minnesota with Ron Paul leading the way.

    All other candidates out there are typical established liars.

    July 31, 2008 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  24. Martha in Lake View, SC

    The 76% number is probably those who have been negatively affected by the last eight years of policies that favor the rich at the expense of the American worker. Hopefully, in this November election, the American workers will vote in their own economic interests.

    July 31, 2008 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  25. William Courtland, Waterford, ON

    Because the mentality is... If I can make you guilty of it to: then it is less painful or even comes as a release to me.

    Who does this, who creates the low... the occult criminal and their secret guilt complex of commune-ism.

    July 31, 2008 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
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