Washington (CNN) - Two-thirds of all Americans say that things are going badly in the country today, according to a new national poll. But a CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey indicates that the public's mood has improved over the past year.
Sixty-seven percent of people questioned say things are going badly in the country, with 32 percent saying that things are going well. The 67 percent is down 10 points from a year ago.
CNN Polling Director Keating Holland say the new numbers paint "a fairly negative view of the state of the country, but a significant improvement over the mood of the nation a year ago."
The survey indicates that optimism appears to have peaked last November, when the number who thought things were going well was at 37 percent.
"Americans' assessments of the state of the country are closely tied to their political views," adds Holland. "Half of Democrats questioned say things are going well, compared to just 27 percent of Independents and 18 percent of Republicans."
The CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll was conducted March 19-21, with 1,030 adult Americans questioned by telephone. The survey's overall sampling error is plus or minus three percentage points.
–CNN Deputy Political Director Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report