The NYT poll shows real gains in the number of Americans thinking the country is back on the right track. It's now higher than at any point since 2005, when the full impact of two terms of Bush and Cheney began to sink in. The broader number with more polls is above. Money NYT quote:

The percentage of people who said the economy was getting worse has declined from 54 percent just before Mr. Obama took office to 34 percent today. And 20 percent now think the economy is getting better, compared with 7 percent in mid-January.

The Republicans are at record lows. And they deserve it. The blast of nasty negativism and total lack of substantive alternatives are signs of a continuing death spiral, made more fatal by the denial still fomented by the Fox-Drudge-Pajamas cocoon.

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