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More say the State of the Union is worse in 2014: poll

President Barack Obama speaks about college education, Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014, in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building on the White House complex in Washington. The event which is to promote opportunities for students to attend and finish college and university, was attended by college and university presidents and leaders from nonprofits, foundations, governments and businesses. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak) AP Photo/Charles Dharapak

Ahead of President Obama's State of the Union address, most Americans (62 percent) use negative words and phrases like "downhill" and "disappointed" to describe where the country is headed in the next year, according to a new NBC/Wall Street Journal poll. That number is up from 58 percent who said the same in 2013 and from 46 percent in 2012.

For the year ahead, just 33 percent of respondents used positive words and phrases, like "hopeful" and "improving."

Obama delivers his speech Tuesday night.

When asked, "what word or short phrase would you use to describe how you feel about where America is headed in the next year?" here's how the numbers broke down:

Credit: NBC/WSJ

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