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Most Americans: US is on wrong track

A majority of Americans believe the US is headed down the wrong track, according to a Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll conducted Oct. 22-25.

Fifty-two percent say the country is on the wrong track compared to 36 percent who say it is headed in the right direction with 9 percent saying conditions are mixed and 3 percent undecided.

While there have been pluralities saying America is on the wrong track in four of the previous five polls during Obama’s presidency.

In April 43 percent said things were on the right track and an equal number said they were going in the opposite direction.

The approval ratio for his handling of the economy has dipped from 51 in September to 47 percent in October. Forty-nine percent are very dissatisfied with the state of the economy and another 31 percent are somewhat dissatisfied.

Sixty-four percent don’t see the improvement in the stock market as real evidence the economy is improving.

On health care, 42 percent say the reform plan Obama is pushing is a bad idea, 38 percent say it’s a good idea and 16 percent have no opinion, with another 4 percent unsure.

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