Pessimism: Just 44% think things will be going well a year from now

A CNN/ORC International Poll released Thursday indicates that only 44% of Americans believe that things will be going well in the country a year from now. That’s down from last fall, when 55% were optimistic about the coming year, and from November, 2009, when 63% felt that way.

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Not surprisingly, Americans also have a gloomy view of current conditions. According to the survey only one in four say things are going well in the country today, with 74% saying things are going badly.