Nearly six in 10 rate state of nation negatively

Poll Questions

Q: Thinking about the country overall, how would you describe the state of the nation these days - excellent, good, not so good or poor?

Q: (IF RATE NATION EXCELLENT/GOOD) Why do you say so - is it mainly because of what's happening with (economic), (political), (social), (national security) or (international) issues or something else?

Q: (IF RATE NATION NOT SO GOOD/POOR) Why do you say so - is it mainly because of what's happening with (economic), (political), (social), (national security) or (international) issues or something else?

Q: Would you describe the state of the nation's economy these days as excellent, good, not so good or poor?

Q: Would you say you, yourself are better off financially than you were when Obama became president, not as well off, or in about the same shape as then financially?

Q: Do you think Obama policies have helped the economy improve, have slowed economic improvement, or have made no difference either way?

Q: Thinking about the income gap between wealthy Americans and those who are less well off - do you think this is a major problem facing this country, a problem but not a major one, or not a problem?

Q: Who do you think has better ideas about how to address the income gap, the (Democratic Party) or the (Republican Party)?

Q: To the extent that the economy has improved, do you think the recovery has (helped Americans at all income levels) or has it (mostly helped wealthy Americans)?

Q: How concerned are you about being able to maintain your current standard of living - are you very worried, somewhat worried, not so worried or not worried at all?