Seventy-three percent of those questioned in the survey said they were very or somewhat scared about the way things are going in the United States -- 6 percentage points more than an October poll. The survey also indicated three-of-four Americans are angry, as well.
Just 21 percent suggesting that things are going well, CNN said.
However, three-out-of-four questioned say that things are going well for them personally.
"Americans always believe things are better in their own lives than in the rest of the country," CNN Polling Director Keating Holland said. "But they are realists as well -- they recognize that bad times somewhere else in the United States may eventually come to affect them. That's why so many say they are angry and scared, even though they're content with their own personal circumstances."
The CNN-Opinion Research Corp. telephone poll was conducted Wednesday and Thursday with 1,046 adults. The sampling error is 3 percentage points.