Americans have grown more optimistic about the economy and the direction of the country in the 11 weeks since President Barack Obama was inaugurated, according to the latest New York Times/CBS News poll.
The poll, which was released on Tuesday, found that 70 percent of the respondents were very or somewhat concerned that someone in their household would be out of work and looking for a job in the next 12 months.
Forty percent said they had cut spending on luxuries, and 10 percent said they had cut back on necessities; 31 percent said they had cut both.
The percentage of people who said the economy was getting worse has declined from 54 percent just before Obama took office in January to 34 percent today. And 20 percent now think the economy is getting better, compared with 7 percent in mid-January.
For all that, the number of people who said they thought the country was headed in the right direction jumped from 15 percent in mid-January, just before Obama took office, to 39 percent today, while the number who said it was headed in the wrong direction dropped to 53 percent from 79 percent.
The national telephone poll was conducted with 998 adults Wednesday through Sunday. It has a margin of sampling error of plus or minus three percentage points.