Article Photos: Mood of the Nation: Some optimism amid struggles 3/5

  This Oct. 26, 2012, photo shows Vicki Williams, 47, of Mechanicsville, Va., posing for a photo. On the eve of the 2012 elections, The Associated Press interviewed dozens of Americans to try to gauge the economic mood of the nation. People were asked about jobs, housing, gas prices, retirement and other issues. Among them was Vicki Williams, whose view of the economy has brightened, but she worries that the nation has drifted away from a political culture that once seemed more inclined to help the needy. (AP Photo/Dan Huff)