(CNN) - As President Barack Obama heads into a second term, Americans are less optimistic about the country's future than they were four years ago.
A CNN/ORC International survey found 56 percent of the public thinks the country will be better off four years from now. That's down from the 76 percent who felt that way in 2008 after Barack Obama won his first presidential bid.
Forty percent say the country will be worse off four years from now.
Looking ahead to the President's second term, 54-percent say they are enthusiastic or optimistic, and 44 percent are pessimistic or afraid.
Despite that, President Obama's approval rating remains virtually unchanged. More than half of those surveyed give him a thumbs up on the job he's doing in office.