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Poll: Americans Say Country Headed in Wrong Direction

A new U.S. opinion survey shows eight out of 10 Americans believe the country is going in the wrong direction.

The Washington Post-ABC News poll also indicates Democrats hold a 21 percentage point advantage over Republicans as the party better equipped to handle the country's problems.

In a hypothetical general election match-up, Democratic Party candidate Senator Barack Obama leads presumed Republican nominee John McCain by 51-to-44 percent.

As the Democratic Party nears the end of its presidential primaries, the national poll shows Obama has a 12-point advantage over Senator Hillary Clinton as the party's choice for its nomination.

The poll says Americans cite the economy and employment as their top voting issue, followed by the Iraq war, healthcare and fuel prices.

The poll of more than 1,100 adults, conducted from May 8 - 11, has a margin of error of plus or minus three percentage points.

Some information for this report was provided by AP .