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Poll: Most Americans Have Grim Outlook on U.S. Direction

Published: 2/24/2018 12:13:54 AM
Modified: 2/24/2018 12:14:02 AM

Washington — A majority in a new poll, 52 percent, say they think the country’s direction has worsened over the last year, and only 28 percent are optimistic that things will get better in the year to come.

Despite that gloomy outlook, Americans are more likely to see the national economy as having improved rather than worsened in the past 12 months, 39 percent to 24 percent, according to a survey released on Friday by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research. Another 36 percent said they don’t see much difference.

About 35 percent of Americans say they approve of how Trump is handling his job overall. Nearly two-thirds disapprove.

Yet 45 percent say they approve of Trump’s handling of the economy. That’s higher than the 34 percent who approve of how he’s handling foreign policy and 37 percent who say the same of Trump’s handling of immigration.

Even among Democrats, just 8 percent of whom say they approve of how Trump is handling his job overall, 21 percent say they approve of his handling of the economy.

— The Associated Press

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