The Direction Of The Country Index that we derive from our monthly polling improved 5% in February, its fourth straight gain after hitting a record low during the ﬁnancial crisis in October. But at 35.7, it's still a long way from the 50 level that indicates optimism. Of the 21 demographic groups we track, only one - 18- to 24-year-olds - is optimistic about the country's direction, though most are trending higher like the Democrats and independents shown. The 27.6 for Republicans is a new low.
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