Less than 5 percent of likely voters feel positively about U.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 national economy at the start of the new year, 70 percent say the nation is moving in the wrong direction. The Zogby Interactive survey of 3,498 likely voters was conducted Jan. 6-8, 2009 and carries a margin of error of +/- 1.6%.

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

22 Percent Feeling Job Insecurity

Job insecurity is felt by 22 percent of voters, with 11 percent saying they are not very secure in their current job and another 11 percent  who are not secure at all. Those who felt very secure numbered 30 percent, and 26 percent  feel fairly secure. In a sign that education 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  of those with household incomes of more than $100,000 who express little or no security in their current job.

One in five voters (20 percent) rates their personal financial situation as poor. Only 4 percent say excellent and 31 percent good. Even for those with family incomes between $50,000 and $75,000, 22 percent give their personal financial situation a poor rating.

In a clear sign that voters see the U.S. economy in long-term decline, less than one-half of voters with children express confidence that their offspring will have a better life than they have.

How confident are you that your children will have a better life than you?






Not Very


Not At All


Not Sure/No Children


70 Percent Say Nation Headed in Wrong Direction

Our survey included two measures of how voters feel about the nation's economic condition, and it shows that the vast majority of likely voters (75 percent) give the performance of U.S. economic policy a poor rating, while just 14 percent believe the nation is moving in the right direction.

How Would You Rate U.S. Economic Policy Performance?










Not sure



Is the U.S. Moving in the Right Direction or the Wrong Track?


Right Direction


Wrong Track


Not Sure


Source: Zogby Interactive news release