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Americans as likely to be positive as negative about state of U.S.

Jan. 28, 2014 at 11:56 AM

PRINCETON, N.J., Jan. 28 (UPI) -- Americans are as likely to be positive about the current state of the country as they are to be negative, results of a Gallup poll released Tuesday indicated.

However, the gap between whites' and non-whites' views of about the state of the country is wider than ever in recent history, with non-whites almost twice as likely as whites to view the nation's situation positively, the results indicated.

Overall, 39 percent of Americans said they were positive about the current state of the country while 40 percent said they weren't.

The findings are from Gallup's annual Mood of the Nation poll in which Americans were asked to rate the current standing of the United States using a zero-to-10 scale, with 10 being the best possible situation for the country and zero being the worst.

When divided by race, non-whites' positive view of the country fell from 72 percent in 2001 to 57 percent in the latest survey, Gallup said. Whites' view dropped from 73 percent in 2001 to 33 percent in the current poll.

Americans view the nation's future and its past more favorably than its present, the Princeton, N.J., polling agency said. While nearly four in 10 view the current situation positively, 50 percent said they view the future positively and 53 percent said they view the past more positively.

Results are based on nationwide telephone interviews with 1,018 adults conducted Jan. 5-8. The margin of error is 4 percentage points.

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