WASHINGTON (CNN)– A new national poll indicates that nearly half of all Americans think the economy has stabilized, but only one in eight believe that a recovery has started. And four in ten questioned in the CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey released Thursday morning feel the country's still in an economic downturn.
"Although polls in recent months have shown some signs of growing optimism, that appears to have stalled," says CNN Polling Director Keating Holland. "In January, 50 percent said the economy was in very poor shape; that figure dropped to 37 percent in April, but now it has risen slightly, to 41 percent."
"The prevailing view? We're in a stall," says CNN Senior Political Analyst Bill Schneider.
The poll suggests that when it comes to an economic recovery, Americans are in agreement with President Barack Obama. Discussing the economy last week at a news conference at the White House, Obama said "we're still not at actual recovery yet. So I anticipate that this is going to be a difficult, difficult year."
One in five questioned said the economic conditions in the country today are good, up nine points from March.
The economy remains the number-one issue on American minds, but that figure has dropped 12 points from March.
"When asked to name the most important issue besides the economy, Americans name health care, followed by the federal deficit and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan," adds Holland.
The CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll was conducted Friday through Sunday, with 1,026 adult Americans questioned by telephone. The survey's sampling error is plus or minus three percentage points.