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.

LINK: Full Poll Results (PDF)

“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.

How do you feel about the economy? Sound off in the comments section below!

Comments (4)
  1. susan says:

    i dont understand this..there are still thousands of persons unemployed or underemployed for their qualifications..every day in the business section of the newspaper there is another company consolidating or closing and more layoffs..unemploymnet rolls have dropped because people have run out of the benfits…the housing market is only improving in certain markets and foreclosures are still a big problem..where do these people get the idea things are “better”..i dont see it…optimism doesnt pay the bills!.

  2. JGNY says:

    This is so bogus, anything to benefit his majesty. Phony poles. Who did they ask,? the welfare food stamp people, yes their income has gone up.

  3. Stooge says:

    It gest better all the time. Gas going towards $ 4.00, another friend was laid off,
    my revenue since 2009 has dropped 40%, intrest on my money is .01 %
    If it gets better I will have to pay more taxes.

  4. Economy improving where. says:

    Wow millions are unemployed and millions found thousands found jobs and are no under-employed.And what about all the millions who stopped ran out of un-employment.And do not forget Best Buy just announced 50 stores closing so those workers are out of jobs.I say this story is optimistic about being optimistic.

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