U.S. Economy

On the Wrong Track, But Confident About It

Consumer confidence is way up, yet most people think the country is going awry.

The country's falling apart, but still we shop.

Photographer: John Taggart/Bloomberg

Most Americans are convinced that the country is in trouble. In an NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll released this week, 62 percent agreed that "things in the nation are ... off on the wrong track." Other recent polls, including Bloomberg's, have delivered similar results.

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