NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – A new McClatchy-Marist poll finds more and more Americans have a brighter outlook about the future of the U.S. economy.

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According to the poll, 49 percent of U.S. residents say the worst of the country’s economic woes are behind us while 45 percent report there is more bad news ahead.

6 percent are unsure.

The proportion of residents who believe the nation’s tough economic times are over is the highest since January of 2011 when a majority – 54 percent – thought the country had turned the economic corner.

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“I think what we’re seeing in these latest national numbers that there is some growing optimism. Americans are saying that the worst may be behind them when it comes to the economic battles,” said Marist Poll director Dr. Lee Miringoff. “The glass is half full now where it used to be half empty.”

But he warns the poll also finds 2/3 of those surveyed believe the nation is at present still in a recession.

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