Maps of Iraq can be seen on the wall as President Barack Obama meets with Gen. Ray Odierno at Camp Victory in Baghdad, Iraq, on April 7, 2009. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Millions of people jobless. Billions of dollars in bailouts. Trillions of dollars in U.S. debt. And yet, for the first time in years, more Americans than not say the country is on the right track.
In a sign that Barack Obama has inspired hopes for a brighter future in the first 100 days of his presidency, an Associated Press-GfK poll shows that 48 percent of Americans believe the United States is headed in the right direction - compared with 44 percent who disagree.
The "right direction" number is up 8 points since February and a remarkable 31 points since October, the month before Obama's election. [READ MORE]
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First lady Michelle Obama speaks to children of executive office employees at the White House's annual Take Your Child to Work Day in the East Room of the White House on April 23, 2009. (AP Photo/Ron Edmonds)