April 6th, 2010
05:00 PM ET
4 years ago

CNN Poll: Two-thirds say things going badly in nation

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.

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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


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  1. aunt Bea and Opie

    Its because most people cant get beyond the low digit on their TVs and watch nothing but the fear mongering Faux News Channel.hahaha

    April 6, 2010 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  2. Jin

    The singularity of this pessimism comes from two facts: the loss of American jobs and the vituperative political climate fostered by Corporate Republican lackeys. When the air clears [basically when Agent Orange and Turtleman are no longer in congress] anyone with a functioning brain will recognize that we have lived through an era when genuine news has disappeared and biased crap (the Rupert Murdoc kind of whatever sells news) has set America against itself. When and only when this is corrected will American Democracy return and run the Corporations from the temple of American politics.

    April 6, 2010 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  3. Angi's mom

    There will be no healing of American until our troops are home from these wars.

    April 6, 2010 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  4. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Things must not be going badly in the nation when people want to put the same people back in office that created this mess namely the Republican administration.

    April 6, 2010 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  5. Operation Crush Rush

    With hate mongering fools like Rush Limbaugh spewing lies 24/7, I can see why.Rushs numbers and sponsors are dropping now and there is hope for the mentally challanged to get to the truth.

    April 6, 2010 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  6. Steph

    Wow, check out the numbers for Nov. 2008. Thank God we survived that!

    April 6, 2010 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  7. Gil

    Give Obama time. After 8 years of lies and republican No's it will take awhile to get things to keep getting better!

    April 6, 2010 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  8. Peter

    the pessimism people feel is due to the Republican party who put America in JEOPARDY WITH DEREGULATION and now because they seek political power have decided to be the party of NO. How can you even carry your party Republican card and have any pride at all and try to blame it on the new kid on the block(obama)? you destroyed America Republicans and sit idly by and do nothing to help fix it? Shame on you for take donations of $360,000 from the owner of the collapsed mine in West Virginia all the while he was skirting and doing nothing to follow proper regulations! Im glad he donated $0 to the Dems! Theres hope afterall! See you in Nov! you know the silent majority yall think you got? Yeah they will be back yeah back to continue the flushing out of Republicans from power this Nov. Shame on the Republican party for keeping michael steele on the job! Shame on the Republican party for attempting to sentence every American child to a life of no health care due to a pre-existing condition they had no control over! Shame on yall! see you at the polls in November! Vote Democrat!

    April 6, 2010 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  9. aunt Bea and Opie

    Never believe any poll,they are made for sheep to follow.

    April 6, 2010 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  10. It has begun-

    Dishonesty is the main reason.

    When it is ok for lobbyists to be in this Admin, when it is ok for Unions who contribute to Democrats get rewarded with special favors and when the media is in collusion with the Democrats and don't call them out but only is selectively outraged when it is on the other side, well it is no wonder, Americans get fed up!

    Let's be honest here.

    If u were outraged about the deficit when Bush ran it up, where is that same outraged for this admin that ran up the deficit more in 1yr than Bush did his entire 8yrs?

    If u were outraged about lobbyists and special interests getting special favors and reward, how is anything different under this admin? And why aren't you outraged now?

    I see the MSM in full force now trying to discredit the Tea Partiers, and go after Republican candidate because, OMG! some big Energy Co donated or b/c they were once a lobbyist. Tell how many of Harry Reid's sons are lobbyists?

    April 6, 2010 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  11. The Unsub

    I am in the one third. I think things are going a lot better.

    April 6, 2010 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  12. David

    I guess Wolf Blitzer doesn't listen to CNN because I just heard him say in effect that the economy has turned the corner and is recovering.

    April 6, 2010 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  13. angelo

    these so call polls are all jokes.i have never been polled.Every year there are thousand of new and first time voters like me voting.There is also thounsand of new american citizenz voting for the first that heve not been polled neither.I know i am not voting republican and i dont think i am alone.So how can you poll that.

    April 6, 2010 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  14. Sherry

    Go live in the Sudan - if you think its bad here - there, you will realize what "bad" is! This is a great country and our President is doing the best he can - give him a break.

    April 6, 2010 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  15. S Callahan

    The Feds are still questioning the financial health or even stablity...I think that says something to the concerrns of Main Street who live pay check to pay check.... What I see is people are resolved they can get through this dry time in America...they have the faith and strength to perserve.....regardless of the economic domsdays...

    April 6, 2010 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  16. WHAT?

    2/3 say the country is heading in the wrong direction but we feel okay about it????

    Can CNN possibly prop up obama any more??? I doubt it. Why not just sticking with the news there CNN and stop sugar coating everything to cover for the crappy job obama's doing as a president.

    We're more divided than ever. Democrats are on a mission to socialize America and with all the spending democrats do, they can't create jobs at all.

    The democrats suck at running this country and we all know it. But CNN wants to say... "yeah but we all feel better". CNN makes me sick! Report the truth for a change!

    April 6, 2010 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  17. Shelly

    Must have polled the couch potatoes with their Frito Lays and TV stuck on Fox News. Perhaps if they got up and opened their window they can see the sun shining.
    Have they not heard: gain of 620,000 jobs ( Oct 2008 we were losing 800,000 jobs), stock market up ( pensions, IRAs, college funds etc have increased), manufacturing is up, Iraq war is shutting down, many Al Queda and Taliban leaders have been killed, a new energy policy with emphasis on alternative energy, Health care( ends pre existing denial, extends children covered to age 26, no child can be denied hc, free Preventative care and testing) and many more positive events.

    April 6, 2010 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  18. kennywest

    In what way?could you be more specific? as usual a stupid poll.

    April 6, 2010 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  19. Dee

    Well, if a CNN Poll says it, it must be true... regardless of if the peoples' opinions are founded on any sliver of reality whatsoever.

    April 6, 2010 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  20. LaVon Hummel

    Ya Think? How bad do you think it would be if Bush was still flushing our Country down the toilet. Most likely Bush would still be getting the thumbs up. No matter how careless and reckless Mr Bush was while lead ing US to a bankrupt country. His southern hands are still Lilly White even though he was elbow high in dirt.. Maybe you would like President Obama to put on some white serving Gloves. Then maybe your feel better about Serving you. would that help.

    April 6, 2010 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  21. Robert Warner

    As a very pro-Obama democrat, I will not commit the same offense that many Republicans do- I won't blindly ignore failings of my President simply because he is a democrat. While I strongly approve of Obama's performance, I do believe that he has over-promised and under-delivered on employment. Regardless of the extraordinarily bad economy he was faced with, considering the incredibly large stimulus and bail out that he had to work with, 9.7 percent unemployment is a lot to swallow. And one valid point of Republicans is that he promised to keep it below 8 percent. While I don't believe that this is his fault, I do believe he has underperformed on that particular subject.

    April 6, 2010 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  22. ib

    Badley isn't the word to use here. Where's the recovery liberals say is going on. I sure don't see it my part of the state????

    April 6, 2010 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  23. Barricades of fear block the mind

    The Corporatocracy is laughing all the way to the bank while the sheep keep baying in fear, huddled before their TV sets in hopes of salvation from the same fox that is herding them...sad. Meanwhile, having given up TV some 20 years ago now, we are living a good life without fear, able to contemplate the world as it really is and navigate reality quite well. Rent Network (1976) if you require greater clarity about which I speak. Download Zeitergeist, the movie for some great examples of the view from behind the curtain of deceit. Peace

    April 6, 2010 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  24. LaVon Hummel

    Bush lead this country to the brink of a Great depression. Seems as though some of you would Prefer this to the Current President. How is it President Barack Obama is held accountable for the wreckage of the Last Administration and Congress. How can Bush, who used this United states of America to wipe his,,,,,, back side? though all this Mr Texas Bush hands are still Lilly White. He should be in Jail with his sister Cheney, Could you would you admit that President Obama has saved us, if he served it up with his soft mocha colored hands cover in white serving glove. Would that work.

    April 6, 2010 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  25. Winkzilla

    Corporate America has become Corporate Global. They no longer give a darn about the American people. That is what the American people sense and see. It is not the government itself, but Corporate Global gutting the American voter and voice from our self-determination through government.

    April 6, 2010 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
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