CNN/ORC Poll: Jump in percentage of those saying things not going well
November 29th, 2013
06:00 AM ET
11 months ago

CNN/ORC Poll: Jump in percentage of those saying things not going well

Washington (CNN) – Americans views on the state of the nation are turning increasingly sour, according to a new national poll.

And a CNN/ORC International survey released Friday also indicates that less than a quarter of the public says that economic conditions are improving, while nearly four in ten say the nation's economy is getting worse.

Forty-one percent of those questioned in the poll say things are going well in the country today, down nine percentage points from April, and the lowest that number has been in CNN polling since February 2012. Fifty-nine percent say things are going badly, up nine points from April.

Besides an obvious partisan divide, which contributes to a urban-rural gap, the survey also indicates a difference of opinion between younger and older Americans.

"There's a slight generational divide, with 46% of those under age 50 saying things are going well. That number drops to 36% for those 50 and older," said CNN Polling Director Keating Holland.

Looking specifically at the economy, 39% feel that the economy is still in a downturn, up six points from April. Only 24% believe that an economic recovery is under way. Thirty-six percent are in the middle - they don't think we're in a recovery but they believe conditions have stabilized.

Again, the survey indicates partisan and geographic divides, as well as a generational gap, with 45% of those age 50 and older, but only 34% of those under age 50 saying the economy's still in a downturn.

The poll was conducted November 18-20 for CNN by ORC International, with 843 adult Americans questioned by telephone. The survey's overall sampling error is plus or minus 3.5 percentage points.

CNN Political Editor Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report.


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soundoff (196 Responses)
  1. Debulator

    I am proud to say I was not naïve enough to vote for Obama. This country is getting exactly what it voted for. An arrogant, inept man who continues to destroy this country's military, health care system, economy, job market and NASA. Just a word of advice. If they sound too good to be true, don't vote for them.

    November 29, 2013 06:19 am at 6:19 am |
  2. gdolsen

    Many polls are more or less useless (e.g., does the percent of Americans believing in UFOs have a real impact on anything). In our economy where our GDP is so dependent on consumer spending, polls like this are troubling. I do wonder to what extent general government issues and media fixation on crisis tend to cloud judgments (i.e., versus the experiences people have in the workplace and in the markets). It is hard to look at a 401K from the past year and not believe that things have been going well...for now.

    November 29, 2013 06:38 am at 6:38 am |
  3. Kamarasune

    Where are they getting these poll numbers? The economy has been in the ditch since NAFTA passed and it never got out of the ditch for anyone but wall street!

    November 29, 2013 06:39 am at 6:39 am |
  4. Retired USAF

    But, but, but the POTUS says things are better so they MUST be.

    November 29, 2013 06:41 am at 6:41 am |
  5. brutaltruth

    Funny how they show the NYSE who is being propped up by printing off 85 BILLION a month in tax payer funny money.

    November 29, 2013 06:46 am at 6:46 am |
  6. MrRickinNH

    All this while consumer confidence is rising, no inflation, and mortgage rates falling...yep... good job CNN polling unit!

    November 29, 2013 06:48 am at 6:48 am |
  7. BO

    A big THANK YOU to Obama and his minions.

    November 29, 2013 06:55 am at 6:55 am |
  8. Anthony

    The country has "Spent" its taxpayer's money and human resources on the longest war in this nation's history. Our economy has made improvements but not as much to sustain the level of those who are unemployed.

    Our government is divided by those seeking to score political points and not improve this country one step forward to not concede an ounce if success towards this President. The President did no justice for himself by not ensuring his signature plan was ready and yet no one loses their job?

    Now the President reverses his stance on Afghanistan by looking to extend our military commitments but does not quantify our reasoning? It looks to me that the President needs to learn about keeping his word. Sad that he is being remembered for not being truthful.

    November 29, 2013 07:02 am at 7:02 am |
  9. humtake

    Everyone wants to subscribe to doomsday theories and it's easier to get a negative opinion of something than a positive one. No, I don't think things are all hunky dory but things aren't as bad as people want to think. I would bet with money that a large percentage of those who think America is doing so bad are only mad because the government isn't giving them enough handouts.

    November 29, 2013 07:05 am at 7:05 am |
  10. hubert39

    Might not be the best, but it the best since 1990. It's strange how people forget the Bush years.

    November 29, 2013 07:06 am at 7:06 am |
  11. hubert39

    Might not be the best, but it's the best time since 1990. It's strange how people forget the Bush years.

    November 29, 2013 07:07 am at 7:07 am |
  12. heebeejeebee

    Globalization will do that to a prosperous nation. Nobody seemed to care 10 to 20 years ago when it started, it was just consume consume consume. Now the Trojan Horse is open and your jobs have been hacked to death.

    November 29, 2013 07:07 am at 7:07 am |
  13. JoeMama

    When the liberal answer to a sputtering economy is yet another behemoth entitlement to control 1/6 of the economy, what could possibly go wrong?

    November 29, 2013 07:08 am at 7:08 am |
  14. Gladys

    Seriously, 843 people polled and you say they speak for the whole country. Come on, CNN. This is the time of the year to be thankful and to show some kindness for those less fortunate. I do.

    November 29, 2013 07:12 am at 7:12 am |
  15. Logictox

    This is the new America. Bill Clinton pushed to allow China into the WTO and 30 million good factory jobs left the country that will never return. The only thing America now produces is debt. The feds have floated the stock market up with it's 85 billion dollar infusion every month but that can't continue. Unless we change our ways soon our money and our way of life is doomed.

    November 29, 2013 07:16 am at 7:16 am |
  16. Dar

    As long as the current president is in office things will only stay at a stand still, no matter how much money the dumb butt throws at it.
    I hope all the people that were fooled by this fool are starting to see through his hype of smoke and mirrors.
    Not that it matters now since he was reelected by the deaf and blind, but 2014 elections can make a difference if we put the right people in office who can stop this freak in his tracks before it is to late, if it isn't already to late.

    November 29, 2013 07:19 am at 7:19 am |
  17. Thomas

    We need strong leadership like that of GW Bush to make America strong again ?

    November 29, 2013 07:19 am at 7:19 am |
  18. Cancer Patient

    The problem with the nation is the political divide.

    Nothing will change until we unite and fight the real enemy.

    No, it's not terrorism or Iran.

    The real enemy are the financial "wizards" who create all kinds of schemes to loot our treasury by bribing our politicians to create loopholes they can take advantage of. Then they use all the ill-gotten wealth to buy elections with campaign contributions. And what do they do with this money? They place bets on bets on bets on bets in financial markets. They do not create TRUE wealth with real investments that benefit the country.

    That is the real problem.

    Unfortunately, there are enough Americans out there who continue pointing fingers at the poor guy on foodstamps as the main problem with the country. Yes, it's a problem, but in the grand scheme of things it's insignificant.

    November 29, 2013 07:22 am at 7:22 am |
  19. current state of the union

    Republicans would rather rule in ruins than share power in prosperity, everything they say is an attempt to turn Americans negative, its been nonstop negative propaganda machine
    24/7/365 from these guys, seriously, when is the last time you heard anything positive from them?

    November 29, 2013 07:26 am at 7:26 am |
  20. Just

    The jobs created since the O.......2/3 are part time low wage. And the actual dollar costs for O care are not all known yet. 1/6 of the economy is healthcare. The incompetent O has totally screwed that one up.

    November 29, 2013 07:31 am at 7:31 am |
  21. 52pan

    No kidding! Really! No one is going to have a clue about how to fix this problem until they stop trying to group the numbers in such a way as to make everything look better. That's the really sad thing about liberals. Not only will they lie to themselves and expect everyone to believe them, they lie and believe their own lies.

    November 29, 2013 07:36 am at 7:36 am |
  22. Bridget1963

    The economy is still "not good". People have been dropped from the Unemployment Roll because their benefits have been cut off, and those that have found work are either p/t. so as not to be enrolled on their employers health benefits.
    While "young" good health seems to last for ever, so paying 'the fine' is an excellent option...But buying a home and getting an education is growing to be an impossible dream for many young people..."Keep 'em dumb and transient- they'll never know the difference."

    November 29, 2013 07:37 am at 7:37 am |
  23. Don

    Sure, a lot of people are not doing well especially the minorities. Democratic policy with regulations and suppressing the rich who have businesses that can hire people and make opportunities is a LOT of the cause of this problem. Lower class and lower middle class need opportunity and the business can help a lot. The facts prove that minorities, especially blacks, have not done better in the past 4-5 years.

    November 29, 2013 07:43 am at 7:43 am |
  24. james

    These poll results reflect poorly on the mainstream media. In the past they have sheltered the public from the bad news. However, the Obamacare roll-out was so disastrous that even the media could not contain it. I am sure the Obama administration is disappointed in the media who have served Obama so obediently in the past. The quality of the propagandists is dropping and Obama takes the hit.

    November 29, 2013 07:46 am at 7:46 am |
  25. larry

    you got what you voted for

    November 29, 2013 07:49 am at 7:49 am |
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