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Americans Pessimistic About Future: Poll

As I wrote in an earlier post this morning on a CBS News poll, there was much bad news for the White House in that it showed President Barack Obama with higher diisapproval than approval ratings generally and on the issues of the economy, health care and the Gulf of Mexico oil spill.

Another key finding in that poll was that Americans are super pessimistic about the nation's future. And they think the next generation will have it worse than the current generation.

... Many are pessimistic about the direction of the country and the future in general.

* Most Americans think the country is headed on the wrong track (61%). But this number does not match the record highs reached during the previous administration.

* Half - 50% - expect life for the next generation to be worse than it is today.

As the pollsters behind the CBS News survey themselves say, a lot of that pessimism is connected with the weakness in the economy generally.

So it can be turned around. But it's still fairly alarming that one out of two people is that pessimistic for the nation's future.

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