Public views of the state of the nation are even less positive than people's personal expectations for the coming year: Just 27 percent say they are satisfied with national conditions, while 66 percent are dissatisfied. Positive views of the state of the nation have been mired at about 30 percent for most of the past two years. In December 2006, 28 percent said they were satisfied with the way things were going in the country, while 65 percent were dissatisfied.

Source: Pew Research Center

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