Less than 5 percent of likely U.S. voters feel positively about nation's economic policy and only one in three rate their personal financial situation as excellent or good, a new Zogby Interactive poll shows.

In addition to pessimism about personal finances and the U.S. economy as the new year gets underway, 70 percent say the country is headed in the wrong direction. The Zogby Interactive survey of 3,498 likely voters was conducted Jan. 6-8, and carries a margin of error of  +/- 1.6 percent

Here is a fuller picture of the national mood that will greet President Barack Obama:

  • Job insecurity is felt by 22 percent of voters. Of those, 11 percent said they are not "very secure" in their current job, another 11 percent say they are not at all secure in their jobs. Those who felt "very secure" numbered 30 percent, and 26 percent feel "fairly secure."
  • In a sign that a person's education level isn't guaranteeing economic peace of mind, voters with college degrees were only slightly less likely to cite job insecurity than were those with no degree.  That is further reflected in the 17 percent with household incomes of more than $100,000 who express little or no security in their current jobs.    
  • One in five voters (20 percent) rates his/her personal financial situation as "poor." Only 4 percent cited it as "excellent" and 31 percent said it was "good." Even for those with family incomes between $50,000 and $75,000, 22 percent gave their personal financial situation a "poor" rating.

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