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Americans Believe Nation Is Headed in Wrong Direction: NBC/WSJ Poll

A majority of Americans believe the nation is headed in the wrong direction, according to a recent NBC News/Wall Street Journal survey.

Sixty-six percent of individuals polled believe things in the nation have veered off onto the wrong track, up from 57% at the start of the year. Meanwhile, 22% of individuals surveyed believe the nation is headed in the right direction while 12% had mixed feelings.

Nearly half of those polled believe the situation in Iraq has gotten worse over the past three months, while 37% believe conditions have remained about the same and 12% said the situation improved. A majority of Americans polled (55%) believe victory in Iraq is no longer possible, while 36% are more optimistic and believe victory can be achieved. Nine-percent were unsure.

A majority of individuals surveyed (56%) now side with the Democrats in Congress, who want to set a deadline for troop withdrawal, while 37% agree with President Bush, who does not want to set a deadline.

The survey, which polled 1,004 individuals in late April, has a margin of error of three percentage points.