CNN/ORC Poll: Jump in percentage of those saying things not going well
November 29th, 2013
06:00 AM ET
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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. Randy, San Francisco

    The Republican Tea Party can't capitalize on the economic dodrums against the Democrats because they offer nothing to a majority of Americans other than the discredited trickle down economics that only benefit the rich on Wall Street.

    November 29, 2013 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  2. Hector Slagg

    Eh,
    Now I wonder why so many people think things are going to the dogs? Couldn't be big liberal idea's could it? You know Obama Care may not be the biggest screw up to come down the pike but it is way ahead of whatever's in second place. Time to get back to basics. Clue: GET RID OF OBMAA CARE !!

    November 29, 2013 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  3. G_Edwards

    Pres Obama said that if his FIRST stimulus package passed, the unemployment rate would be down to 5% over a year ago. And he "fearmongered" that it would still be 5.3% today without it.

    But it's STILL above 7% WITH that stimulus plus several more. He's made things worse than if he had done nothing! HIS numbers, not mine.

    Thank god the Repubs said enough throwing good money after bad.

    .

    November 29, 2013 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  4. Ctrygrl

    Sorry Steve voting out the democrats wont help unless you vote out the republicans as well. Your so called "conservative American Values" are a myth and certainly have nothing to do with the chilling priorities of the tea party. Will not forget the republican debate with a crowd shouting "let them die" about people that can't afford insurance.We have not been able to stop the transfer of wealth in this country from poor to rich. Rich people don't spend money and surely by now we have learned that tax cuts for the wealthy doesn't create any jobs. You are right that the country has to make a decision, we can't keep spending more than the government collects in taxes. If you want all taxes you are a fool, if you want all spending cuts you are one of those people shouting "let them die". I don't think most Americans are fools and I don't think most Americans would shout "let them die"

    November 29, 2013 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  5. Bill Brown

    I blame the obstructionists 100%. No leadership. No ideas. No negotiating, nothing but waste.

    November 29, 2013 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  6. larry

    On the twelfth day of ObamaCare, Dear Leader gave to me
    Twelve thousand excuses,
    Eleven million regulations,
    Ten dems a-dodging,
    Nine journ0lists bloviating,
    Eight phone reps dithering,
    Seven scammers to hack me,
    Six unneeded coverages,
    Five cancelled policies,
    Four times the deductible,
    Three times the premium,
    Two weeks of typing and
    A website that crashed constantly!

    November 29, 2013 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  7. carlin123

    Until the people of the United States awaken to the fact that there is NO DIFFERENCE between the Democratic and Republican parties, we don't stand a chance.

    November 29, 2013 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  8. JP

    Do you feel more secure financially, less exposed, can you retire comfortably at a reasonable age, can you easily pay for your kids to go to a good university....? Do you have job security, do you experience quality of life? How about all your friends and relatives? Will your old age be finanacially stressfree? At about 50 workplace age discrimination kicks in...lose you job and you are in fir a very tough time...everything is more expensive? It is an easy answer folks!

    November 29, 2013 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  9. Steve S

    GREED is killing us, more than any political party.
    What do you expect, when the wealthiest Americans own a large percentage of our nations wealth, control our political parties, and do NOT see Americas troubles as their own?

    November 29, 2013 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  10. destroyerofeconomies

    Things are going great.keep up the good work libs.never let reality get in the way.i think everybody is starting to realize that you only lie because you know whats best for us.keep that up until the mid-terms

    November 29, 2013 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  11. Harleigh

    More of us a waking up and no longer smell the odor of the false roses.

    November 29, 2013 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  12. anAmerican1954

    This poll demonstrates how so many Americans let others do their thinking for them. Republican politicians spend a lot of time, money, and energy spreading negativity – often not based in fact. So that does get reflected in the polls. Yet a real look at the challenges of our day, including jobs and the economy, shows that reality doesn't match current perceptions. Btw, I'd suggest that Republicans be the ones to be voted out in 2014 in general. Let's keep our country moving forward!

    November 29, 2013 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  13. current state of the union

    95% of wealth gained went to the top 1%, this is a big problem, it means that they have ultimate control of money policies, and how's that working for you rwnj, keep complaining about things while voting in the ones who are causing the harm because they told you their way was best for you, and you still haven't learned a damn thing. Why won't you fools do some research, or just read the gop budget proposal, tell me how giving more tax breaks to the rich will help again? And offset that income with reduced deductions, the ones the working class uses, why are they not willing to tell you what loopholes ( deductions) they plan on cutting? Why haven't you fools even asked that? It will be your throat they cut, not the rich, your taxes were raised so they could keep tax breaks in place got the wealthiest, how's that working out?

    November 29, 2013 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  14. Sheila

    I will have to agree with Norma Vessels – she forgot to say that the pro football games & a whole host of other professional sports spectators and people who constantly go to these......There's no such thing as hard times, now days....People are spending more than ever before, for all sorts of things, & travelling to places, and shows....The money is out there, you just have to know how to "capture" it, with hard work, and business savvy, and being smart.

    November 29, 2013 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  15. Namebigdaddy1

    Harry Reid has killed every jobs bill and every other bill for that matter the republicans have put forward. Talk about blocking progress. Unbelievable that there are still people out there blamingBush and Republicans. How dumb are you. Looks like your Obama has abandoned the poor and just taken care of his rich elitist donors, really sucks to be you if you voted and believed him.

    November 29, 2013 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  16. davecu

    The generational gap may well be based on the experience of the over 50 crowd as opposed to what the under 50 crowd have been told.
    Over 50 has seen America at it's best while more youthful people have heard second hand what it was like.
    I saw my father buy a house in the 50's for $20K. The cost was one years pay at the time. The average starter house today will cost at least 3 years pay, probably more.
    Only a fool would think printing endless money can be a good thing.
    Our politicians work for their parties not us, lie to congress and the citizens and we are stupid enough to let these mutts back into office again and again and again. We consider their actions normal.
    Older people remember when our country had principle and hung on to them even when it was uncomfortable because it was the thing to do. Our word meant something.
    Yep, I can understand polls.

    November 29, 2013 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  17. Who would belive that?

    "Forty-one percent of those questioned in the poll say things are going well in the country today... " There's the story. Incredible.

    November 29, 2013 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  18. Armor66

    The reason that people don't feel the economy is going well is because its not. This debt fueled socialist recovery is the biggest bubble economy in history. We as Americans trusted Obama to take the reigns of the largest economy in the world with absolutely NO experience in anything at all. He has in turn presided over the largest increase in debt in history raising it from 10.6 Trillion when he took office to its current level of 17.2 Trillion. When this train wreck is over is projected to be somewhere north of 21 Trillion.

    November 29, 2013 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  19. Cary

    The Reblicans have not been in charge of the economy since 2007.

    This has to be the most laughable post of all on this thread! Seriously! The Republicans shut down the government and sent the US crashing! That is just the most recent atrocity that party has given us. President Obama has brought the economy up from Bush's toilet. Have you looked at the stock market? The Republicans are so in charge that everything sinks in the House. It's terrorism what they do to this country!

    November 29, 2013 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  20. bloody revolution please

    A true message, put this in your mind:

    The only way out is through a complete and VIOLENT overthrow of the united states govorment. Period! I know it, you know it and so does the govorment, why do you think they're spying on us now?

    A foreign war and a protracted domestic insurgency WILL defeat the govorment in time. It always does. You and I will all most likely die but its the only way and everyone knows it in the back of their mind.

    the government has become too powerful and too corrupt, while the citizenry haS become completely complacent of all Corruption and distractions like politics which have nothing to do with anything.

    November 29, 2013 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  21. Roderick

    CNN, the most negative news source in America.

    November 29, 2013 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  22. joe

    It is a shame that Obamas propaganda Machines [ CNN, MSMBC, Washington Post Ect Ect.] can not tell the truth on the real harm this man has done to the country!!!! If we don't vote back conervatives in 2014 this country will be dommed in the very near future, then who is going to carry the rest of the worthless nonperformers that expect and demand all their freebeeies. We are becoming a country of government dependancy with les and less production.

    November 29, 2013 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  23. Harsh Realities

    The US taxpayer is on the hook for 17 trillion dollars in debt. Detroit is what the entire US is going to become in a few short years.

    November 29, 2013 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  24. Not Too Hard To Understand

    Thank you John Boehner and Mitch McConnell. Your collective failures of leadership are epic. Mission accomplished, right?

    November 29, 2013 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  25. anthony ta

    Our president is a good president. He only want to take care the poor people so every month he creates ten of thoudsands more . He worried about the middle class do je makes the fulltime job becoming parttime jobs so the people have time enjoy themselfves l

    November 29, 2013 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
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