A CNN/ORC International survey indicates that 56% of the American public thinks the country will be better off four years from now, with four in 10 saying it will be worse off.
The 56% figure is down from the 76% who felt that way in late 2008 after President Barack Obama won his first presidential bid.
Forty-three percent say things are going well in the country right now, virtually unchanged from just before the election. Fifty-two percent approve of the way Obama is handling his job as president.
The survey's overall sampling error is plus or minus 3 percentage points.
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