Americans Felt Better About America’s Future Under Bush
January 23, 2013 - 9:09 am
Despite Mr. Obama’s unapologetic liberalism, lofty promises, and learned diction, Americans felt better about our nation’s future under Bush. In a poll released by Gallup on January 21:
U.S. President Barack Obama begins his second term at a time when Americans are as negative about the state of the country and its prospects going forward as they have been in more than three decades. Fewer than four in 10 Americans (39%) rate the current status of the U.S. at the positive end of a zero to 10 scale. This is about the same as in 2010, but it is fewer than have said so at any point since 1979. As they usually are, Americans are more upbeat in their predictions of where the U.S. will be in five years (48% positive), but this is also lower than at any time since 1979. Fifty-five percent of Americans say the state of the nation five years ago was positive.
When broken down by political affiliation, Republicans feel worse about the future than Democrats. With independents, it’s not much better with 56% saying they were more positive about the country under Bush, 39% like the country as it is currently, and a meager 48% say their confident about America five years from now.
I take it when you spent almost a trillion dollars that produces little economic growth, pass a new trillion dollar health care entitlement program, and increase the national debt by 60% in four years – I wouldn’t feel too good about America’s future either.
H/T Weasel Zippers