Poll: 20 percent of Americans feel positive about country

Jan. 25, 2014 at 4:53 PM
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WASHINGTON, Jan. 25 (UPI) -- As President Obama prepares for the State of the Union address, just 20 percent of U.S. residents rated the state of the country positively, a poll found.

Harris Interactive polled 2,047 adults online between January 17 and 21 and found that 80 percent of respondents said they would give the United States negative ratings, the pollsters said in a release Friday.

Respondents also felt negatively on six specific issues; 61 percent rated the overall state of the environment in the U.S. negatively; 67 percent gave the U.S. education system a negative rating; 71 percent gave a negative ratings for healthcare; 74 percent also rated economy negatively; 75 percent said the same of immigration and 78 percent negatively rated jobs.

When asked what they would like to hear Obama address in the State of the Union speech, 56 percent of respondents said the economy, while 43 percent said jobs and 38 percent said healthcare.

Meanwhile, just 28 percent of respondents said they plan on watching Obama's State of the Union address Tuesday night.

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