After 100 Days of Obama, Optimism Returning

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A new AP poll shows that more Americans believe the country is moving in the right direction (48 percent) than those who think it is moving in the wrong direction (44 percent). According to the AP, this marks the first time since Saddam Hussein’s capture in January 2004 that “right direction” has out-polled “wrong direction.” NB: The “right direction” number was just 17 percent in the fall of 2008.

The AP makes it clear that Americans are still deeply worried about the economy and unemployment; for the first time in a long time, though, many of them have faith in our leaders’ ability to fix the country’s most pressing problems. One might even say it is morning in America.

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