Politics & Government

Poll: U.S. mood has improved after Obama's election


CHICAGO — While still gloomy, Americans have grown a little more upbeat about the country since last week's election of Barack Obama as the nation's next president, according to a new Ipsos/McClatchy Poll released Wednesday.

The poll found that 32 percent of Americans think that the country's on the right track, still a low number but up 11 points from the dismal 21 percent in early October.

At the same time, 64 percent said the country was on the wrong track, down from 73 percent a month before the election.

In both cases, the post-election numbers rivaled similar findings in early September — before the financial crisis exploded — the high-water mark for the year as Americans started feeling a bit better only to see the stock markets crash days later.

The latest "bounce" probably was tied to the election results — or merely the end of the long campaign — as the numbers of people who approve of how President George W. Bush governs continued to drop. Only 24 percent approved in the latest survey, his lowest score in a year of polling on the question.

The survey also found 22 percent approving of the way Bush is handling the economy; 30 percent approving of how he's handling domestic issues such as health care, education, the environment and energy; 32 percent approving of the way he's handling Iraq; and 37 percent approving of the way he's handling foreign policy and terrorism.

The survey of 1,000 adults was taken last Thursday through Sunday. It has an error margin of plus or minus 3.1 percentage points.


These are some of the findings of an Ipsos poll conducted last Thursday through Sunday. For the survey, Ipsos interviewed a nationally representative, randomly selected sample of 1,000 adults 18 and older across the United States. With a sample this size, the results are considered accurate within plus or minus 3.1 percentage points, 19 times out of 20, of what they would've been had the entire adult population in the U.S. been polled. The margin of error will be larger within regions and for other subgroups of the survey population. All sample surveys and polls may be subject to other sources of error, including coverage error and measurement error. These data were weighted to ensure that the sample's composition reflects that of the U.S. population according to U.S. Census figures. Interviews were conducted with respondents on land-line telephones and cellular phones. Respondents had the option to be interviewed in English or Spanish.


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