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April 16th, 2010
11:21 AM ET

Americans more optimistic about the economy, says poll

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CNN

Americans appear slightly more optimistic about the economy than they did at the start of the year, according to a new national poll.

A CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey released Friday morning indicates that 19 percent of the public now says that an economic recovery is underway.

"While that's not a great number, it's significantly higher than the 12 percent who felt that way in January," says CNN Polling Director Keating Holland.

Thirty-four percent of people questioned in the poll says the economy is still in a downturn, but that's dropped five points from the 39 percent who felt that way at the start of the year.

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