COLUMBUS, OH--(Marketwire - February 4, 2010) - An overwhelming majority (84.5%) of Americans say the recession is not over, according to the latest American Pulse survey of 5,367 Americans. 7.2% are more optimistic saying the worst recession since the 1930s is behind us while 8.3% aren't sure.

Americans also tend to believe that the senatorial election in Massachusetts was a sign for lawmakers to scrap the current healthcare reform (62.3%) and start over with a more bipartisan effort. In addition, politicians should forget about backroom deal-making; 66% of Americans say it's unfair and shouldn't be allowed.

Not surprisingly, the economy and healthcare didn't receive high marks when Americans were asked to grade the current state of the Union.

For each of the following key issues, assign a grade for how well you think the U.S. is doing:

                                               War in
                     Health- National  War in  Afghan-   Job
            Economy   Care   Security   Iraq   istan   Creation Immigration
A  Excellent  2.5%    2.8%     5.2%     3.7%     3.4%    2.7%      2.1%
B  Good       7.5%   11.3%    28.2%    19.3%    15.3%    9.6%      8.8%
C  Fair      28.9%   27.9%    35.6%    32.9%    33.7%    25.8%    29.2%
D  Poor      41.7%   34.5%    19.2%    24.0%    27.3%    33.7%    26.8%
F  Failure   19.3%   23.5%    11.9%    20.0%    20.3%    28.2%    33.1%

Americans are split when asked if they trust President Obama (50.5% say yes, 49.5% say no). 36.5% of registered voters say they would vote for him if the election were held today (flat from last month's 37.1% reading), leaving 63.5% who would vote for someone else. And "the someone else" is...

If the Presidential Election were held today, who would you vote for?

                Registered   Registered   Registered   Registered
                Voters       Republicans  Democrats    Independents
President Obama   36.5%          9.9%        62.4%        31.7%
Hillary Clinton   14.3%          4.4%        21.7%        12.1%
Mike Huckabee      8.5%         18.7%         1.8%         8.3%
Mitt Romney        7.5%         14.8%         1.5%        10.6%
Sarah Palin       10.6%         21.8%         2.3%        10.0%
Someone else      22.7%         30.4%        10.3%        27.3%

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About American Pulse™

The American Pulse™ Survey is collected online by BIGresearch every month exclusively utilizing Survey Sampling International's (SSI) U.S. panel covering topics such as politics, pop culture and the economy. Over 5,000 respondents participate, providing greater insights and accuracy of +/- 1%.

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Survey Sampling International is the premier global provider of sampling solutions for survey research. SSI offers access to more than 6 million consumer and business-to-business research respondents in 54 countries via Internet, telephone, and mobile. Additional client services include custom profiling, survey programming and hosting, data processing, sampling consulting, and survey optimization. SSI serves more than 1,800 marketing research clients, including nearly three-quarters of the top researchers worldwide. Founded in 1977, SSI has an international staff of 400 people representing 50 countries and 36 languages. The company is based in Shelton, CT with 14 additional offices worldwide.

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