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. stop the HA8

    gee cnn....where do you get that two thirds of all americans think that things are going poorly when you only ask 1000 people? no one ever asked me!!! stop the hate...

    April 6, 2010 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  2. Kendall

    CNN is the most independent news channel in MSM, MSNBC is for dems and Fox is for Repubs. The reason polls look so bad is because there not calling people with cell phones. Most young people have cell phones and are doing well. Our country is on the upswing and I feel sorry for the people that get left behind. With Obama in office this is the time to get a better education, make our homes more energy efficient, get a grip on healthcare and fight for tighter regulations on pollution. I am tired of seeing all these old people crying about the way things use to be. Like before minorities could go to good schools. Before goverment regulations helped curb the destruction of our Ozone layer. Before laws were placed to force companies that cut down trees plant some in return. Check your history people. It's my generation that'll have to deal with you old peoples mistakes

    April 6, 2010 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  3. T. Jefferson

    I predict future happiness for Americans if they can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them.

    April 6, 2010 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  4. JonDie

    In November 2008, the right thing for the Democrats to have done would have been to scuttle the TRILLION-DOLLAR Republican bank bail-out bill and let the country fall into a second Great Depression. That would have ushed in another long period of Democratic rule.

    But the Dems were already sure they'd win the White House. And the Great Recession would have hurt far more people than it did.

    April 6, 2010 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  5. THE UNITED STATES OF SOCIALIST AMERICA

    things will look better once we accept socialism of this country and the banks , oil companies, big pharma companies, and media are all nationalized like the auto industry is now we have control over them and they are not able to get it back

    just remember our battle cry YES WE CAN

    April 6, 2010 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  6. American Me

    Those that said things are going well in the country are on crack. They may have mistakenly thought the question was asking how they are doing personally. That goes to show you how reliable polls are. There are a good number of people that didn't listen to the question or they are just plain stupid.

    Things are bad, but they are ever so slowly getting better.

    I wish we the people as a whole weren't so stupid. If we were halfway intelligent we wouldn't have gotten in this mess to begin with. We would be so easily manipulated by greed, power hungry polititians on either side. We wouldn't have a two party system. Oh well. We get what we deserve. We get what we vote for. We get what we choose to believe without getting the facts. Not the "facts" reported to us. I mean the facts.

    April 6, 2010 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  7. Vic of New York

    Things are definitely going in the right direction. The jobs market definitely needs to improve. We definitely need to stop exporting our jobs oversees. Republicans definitely have nothing to do with improvement.

    April 6, 2010 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  8. T'SAH from Virginia

    WHOA – Headline says: "CNN Poll: Two-thirds say things going badly in nation"

    But after you read it – which MOST don't do because they take the headline as the bible – BUT IT'S DOWN BY 10 POINTS FROM A YEAR AGO!!!!!!

    The PROPER headline should have read: POLLS Down from a year ago on things going badly in Nation"

    Then, if people don't READ the article, they have a clear understanding as to what is happening. But NOOOOOO, not CNN polls!!!!

    April 6, 2010 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  9. Pragmatic

    Feel free to remind Rush Limbaugh that he promised to move to Costa Rica if health care reform gets implemented.

    Once you’re done, you can go back and remind him that Costa Rica has national health care.

    Paygo? Republicans? George W. Bush became president in 2000, and the law was allowed to expire in 2002. The Concord Coalition, a non-partisan anti-deficit group, says many Republicans opposed it because they feared it could be used to block tax cuts.

    The annual budget deficit returned in 2002, just as the rule expired. GOP: fear & smear – get elected but can't lead – short, selective memories and willing to lie.

    April 6, 2010 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  10. IVOTE

    Who/where exactly are these polls being taqken??? I can't find anyone in my town who has been polled; so I don't believe any of these polls.

    April 6, 2010 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  11. Gerry NH

    Of course things are going bad now. You have congress and the white house believing that it is OK to bribe and extort other congressmen and women for there vote.

    Congress wants to spend money with no clear plan to pay for it.

    The government is buying bamks, automobile companies, taking over student loans and forcing down a unpopular health care system that the majority of American don't believe in.

    April 6, 2010 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  12. Harry

    You Wingnutz need to get an education... and maybe learn a little of what that Good Book really says and act accordingly; rather than use it for a prop.
    I've been out of work for nearly 2 freakin' years, and it certainly hasn't been because I wasn't trying. I just got on at Hewlett Packard today due to 2 things. (1) The stimulus bill of last year; (2) the Jobs Bill of this year. The HR person told me flat out that these jobs are due to the provisions in those Bills.

    April 6, 2010 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  13. Blade C. Underwood

    Finally, a Republican has come forward to try to get back to a point of reasoned, civil discourse...There may be hope for our representative democracy after all...may it spread.

    April 6, 2010 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  14. Elliott Carlin

    Give Obama time?

    We can't afford another 2 1/2 years of this endless spending and decreased influence in the world.

    We've had several terrorist attacks/attempts on our soil since Jan/2008. We've just let our enemies know we won't use the nuclear option.
    Our unborn grandchildren are already $6k in debt and growing in interest.

    Dims and Rhinos don't know what's going to hit them this November.
    This insanity has to stop.

    April 6, 2010 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  15. Michael

    CNN, you ought to be "ashamed" of your false and untrue polling results! Americans are not idiots, here we have the Down Jones close to 11,000 points; where American retirements, 401ks, CDs, Mutual Funds and stocks making money for them! CNN, just one year ago the Down Jones was at 7,992 points! One year ago we were losing almost 800,000 jobs a month, due to a republican administration! Now, we are losing 432,000 jobs monthly! CNN, you are losing respectability and now looks like a clone of FOXNEWS, especially with Erik Erickson on board!

    April 6, 2010 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  16. Truth

    10,000 expected at Palin rally tomorrow.

    Who said this without a teleprompter:

    Ya know…uh….I, I thought that uh, ya know, the truth is that a lot of the Cubs I liked too, but uh, I did not become a Sox fan until I moved to Chicago. Because I uh, ya know I was growing up, uh, in Hawaii. So I ended up actually being an Oakland A’s fan. – The Phoney Liar In Chief

    April 6, 2010 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  17. Lynne

    Imagine the pessimisim if our economy and that of the world had collasped last year?

    April 6, 2010 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  18. Lynne

    Imagine the pessimisim if America's economy and that of the world had collasped last year?

    April 6, 2010 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  19. Sgt. Flagg T. McLiberty, Superpatriot

    If it weren't for Fox News' constant nihilistic droning, that number would without a doubt be lower. Turn on Fox News for 5 minutes and you're left with the impression that we're being overrun by immigrants (all drug dealers and murderers, of course), that terrorists and perverts are lurking around every corner just waiting to kidnap you and your kids, and that the government is on the verge of taking all your stuff and throwing you into a concentration camp.

    Now imagine listening to that all day, every day. You'd be pretty pessimistic too.

    April 6, 2010 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  20. Lynne

    Dishonesty belongs to corporations as well paying our government officials and financial support of government officials campaigns.

    April 6, 2010 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  21. Donnatella

    It's all these hate group forming, that cannot be good for the country, with people like Bachman and Palin cheering them on it just makes normal people wonder what is wrong with these people. I am here to tell you if they think they are gaining ground with independents they are wrong, it is such a turn off, you have to understand the whole country does not look at fox news or Glenn Beck, we may not be happy with the spending going on in washington, but we are not ready to turn the country over to wing nuts, what have they done to convince anybody to vote for them, please somebody tell me, they will not get my vote.

    April 6, 2010 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  22. Tony

    These so called polls that CCN and other networks conduct I have to take with a grain of salt, In my 40+ years of living, I have yet to receive a phone call asking what my opinion is on any political topic.

    April 6, 2010 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  23. normajean

    To the person that erroniously thinks that this administration has spent more money already than Bush did. Did you count the cost of two wars and the tax breaks to the wealthy in your figures. Got news for you.....you can't count.

    April 6, 2010 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  24. Just vote the Dems out in November.....

    vote Obama out in 12' and we can reverse whatever he's done and get back on track....

    April 6, 2010 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  25. annie s

    Going badly, maybe, but going better than when Bush was in office, definitely.

    April 6, 2010 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
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