WASHINGTON (CNN) - A new national poll indicates that more than nine out of ten of Americans think that economic conditions in the country are poor, with the economy remaining far and away the nation's top concern.
In a CNN-Opinion Research Corporation survey released Tuesday, 93 percent of those questioned say economic conditions are poor, with the remaining 7 percent saying the economy is in good shape.
The poll also suggests that 75 percent feel the economy is the most important issue facing the country today, with health care a distant second at 7 percent, and the war in Iraq, terrorism, and immigration each at 6 percent.
Two out of three questioned in the survey say economic conditions are very poor right now.
"That's up 12 points from last month and three times higher than last December, when the current recession began," says CNN Polling Director Keating Holland.
The good news, he adds, is that a majority of Americans say that the economy will be in good shape a year from now. "That's important, because it is unlikely that any economic stimulus or recovery plan will have a lasting effect unless there is some underlying optimism about the economy," says Holland.
"The bad news is that optimism has shrunk since November."
The CNN/Opinion Research Corp. poll was conducted Friday through Sunday, with 1,013 adult Americans questioned by telephone. The survey's sampling error is plus or minus 3 percentage points