More than 80 percent of Americans surveyed say the country is headed in the wrong direction, according to a new CBS News/New York Times poll -- recording the highest measure of discontent since this poll started asking the question in the early 1990s.
The survey finds 81 percent saying "things have pretty seriously gotten off on the wrong track." That is up from 69 percent a year ago, and 35 percent in early 2002, the Times reports.
It's widespread, too: With a majority of Democrats and Republicans, men and women, residents of cities and rural areas, college graduates and those who finished only high school saying the United States is headed in the wrong direction, the Times reports of the findings.
The newspaper reports that Americans are more dissatisfied with the country's direction than at any time since the poll's inception in the early 1990s. Only 21 percent say the economy is in good condition, the lowest measure since late 1992.
Two in three say the economy already is in recession.
The survey of 1,368 adults was conducted from March 28 to April 2, with a possible margin of error of plus or minus 3 percentage points.