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Americans' Frustration Still High: Nearly 90 Percent Say Economy Is in 'Bad Shape' YORK) -- Public frustration regarding the government and the state of the U.S. economy has eased slightly from summer and fall levels -- but it’s still plenty hot in the kitchen. 

The ABC News Frustration Index stands at 68 on its scale of 0 to 100, cooling just slightly from readings of 72 in July and November.

The change reflects slight gains in presidential approval, a slight easing of anti-incumbent sentiment and a small dip in dissatisfaction with the government overall.

While those shifts are based on less bad economic indicators, most believe the economy is still struggling: 89 percent of Americans say it’s in bad shape, which has remained steady in recent months. But fewer say the economy is in “poor” shape, that is 42 percent now vs. 50 percent in back in July.

The Frustration Index, based on these gauges, is a measure of political and economic discontent, produced for ABC News by Langer Research Associates. It’s been as high as 80, in the fall of 2008, and as low as 39 in 1998.

At 68, the ABC News Frustration Index has moved a bit below where it was in August 1992, at 73, shortly before the first President Bush lost his re-election.

The index has improved chiefly among groups loyal to President Obama -- a likely sign his supporters are circling the wagons around the embattled incumbent, regardless of the economic reality.  Among Democrats, it’s gone from 60 in July to 50 now. Among liberals, it’s gone from 61 in November, to 57 now. And merging those groups, among liberal Democrats, it’s gone from 55 in November to 47.  Among non-whites, another generally pro-Obama group, it’s gone from 69 in November to 53 now.

There’s been little movement elsewhere.  The Frustration Index jumps to 74 among independents and to 84 among Republicans, about as high as it’s been lately in both groups.  It’s 75 among conservatives, 84 among conservative Republicans and 73 among whites.

Of the individual components of the index, the president’s approval rating is now 50 percent, up from a career low of 42 percent in October.  As many as 75 percent of Americans are dissatisfied or even angry with the way the federal government is working, a slight decrease from 80 percent in July and November; and 53 percent say they’re inclined to look around for someone new to support for Congress next fall, down from a record 69 percent in August.

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Americans' Frustration over Economy, Government Remains High YORK) -- Americans are steamed, and the economy’s providing the heat: The ABC News Frustration Index stands at 72 on its scale of 0 to 100, one of its highest readings on record.

The index, based on presidential approval, ratings of the economy, dissatisfaction with the government and anti-incumbent sentiment, matches its level in September 2010, shortly before the Republican Party seized the reins of economic discontent to take control of the House of Representatives and score major inroads in the Senate.

The public has not mellowed since, particularly among those most stressed economically or least enamored with the Obama administration.

The index, drawn from the latest ABC News/Washington Post poll, soars to 85 among Americans who say their economic situation has worsened since Barack Obama took office, 83 among those who rate the economy as “poor,” 82 among those most worried about their standard of living and 81 among people who most fear they won’t have adequate resources for retirement.

Politically, it’s 86 among Republicans (their highest in data since June 2010), 78 among conservatives and 78 again among strong supporters of the Tea Party political movement.  It peaks at 87 and 88, respectively, among people who prefer Herman Cain or Mitt Romney to Obama in the 2012 presidential election, versus the mid-50s among Obama supporters.

But frustration isn’t limited to those partisan groups.  The index is 74 among registered voters (another high since June 2010) and independents alike.  It’s even 61 among liberals, up from a cooler 52 in fall 2010, and 56 among Democrats, compared with a recent low of 50 in June.

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