Many Americans do not share President Reagan's view that the state of the nation is strong and on the right track, network polls released Monday showed.
An ABC-Washington Post poll found that 59% of those surveyed believe the nation is "seriously off on the wrong track." A CBS-New York Times poll reported that only 36% felt that the state of the nation has improved over the last five years, compared with 40% who judged conditions to be worse.
On the topic of Contra aid, CBS found opposition to U.S. assistance to the Nicaraguan rebels by a margin of 58% to 30%. Opposition came from all demographic groups, including the President's fellow Republicans.