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Americans forecast a bleak 2014: poll

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Nearly two-thirds of Americans say the country is headed in the wrong direction, and 70 percent aren’t confident the federal government will make progress on important problems and issues in the country in 2014.

That’s according to a new AP-GfK survey, which found 35 percent of those polled say things in the country are headed in the right direction and 63 percent say they’re headed in the wrong direction.

Thirty percent say they are “not at all confident” in the ability of the federal government to make progress on important issues and problems facing the country in 2014, and 40 percent are “not very confident.”

Fifty-five percent of respondents say the government has done a poor job promoting the well-being of all Americans — not just special interests — and representing the views of most Americans.

Thirty-three percent say the federal government has done a good job making sure the country is safe from foreign and domestic threats, with 42 percent saying it’s done neither a good job nor a poor job in that area.

But a majority of respondents also say they’re generally pessimistic about all of the following: our system of government and how well it works, the way our leaders are chosen, the opportunity for most people to achieve the American dream, America’s role as a global leader in the world, and the ability of our country to produce strong leaders.

On a more personal note, 26 percent of people are not at all or not very confident in their own ability to make progress on important issues or problems facing them this year, such as financial or health goals. Forty-seven percent are moderately confident, and 24 percent are very or extremely confident.

Fifty-four percent approve of the way they handled the year 2013 — the same percentage of people who say they would do a better job running the country compared to the leaders currently in Washington, D.C.

The survey of 1,141 American adults was conducted from Dec. 12-16 and has a margin of error of 3.7 percentage points.

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