Chart of the Day – Americans are NOT Happy

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Readers of this site don’t need me to tell you, but the following statistics from the Wall Street Journal prove that despite record stock prices and non-stop propaganda, fewer and fewer people are believing the hype.

We learn that:

On a benchmark measure of Americans’ unease, 65% of those surveyed said the country is on the wrong track. That is the highest level of unease since November 2014, and nears the levels seen at other historical moments of voter discontent.

In May 1992, after H. Ross Perot had launched his populist independent run for president, 71% said the country was on the wrong track. In September 2007, when frustration with President George W. Bush was peaking, wrong-track sentiment was 63%.

The new poll also found increased pessimism about the economy: 24% said they thought the economy would get worse over the next year, up from 17% in December.

Now, here’s that chart:

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What’s so interesting about the above, other than the elevated levels of dissatisfaction six years into an “economic recovery,” is to look at when in recent history Americans were starting to think things were on the right track. Specifically, Americans became encouraged around 2009.

Barack Obama said all the right things, and a lot of people believed him. He had a chance to do the right thing, and people wanted him to do just that. Instead, he proved to be nothing but a shameless oligarch coddler, who essentially continued George W. Bush’s presidency without a hitch. Once that became clear, perceptions about a “wrong track” America starting surging again.

So yeah, Americans are NOT happy, and they have every right to be pissed off.

For related articles, see:

Neither Republicans nor Democrats Top 40% Favorability in Latest Gallup Poll for First Time Ever

Gallup Poll: Americans Most Negative on the Nation and Economy in 30 Years

Gallup Poll: Americans’ Distrust of Media Soars to New Record

Rasmussen Poll – 45% of U.S. Voters Concerned Government Will Use Military Training Exercises for Power Grab

In Liberty,
Michael Krieger

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  1. Lark's Tongue in Aspen

    I wonder what the numbers would look like if the poll hadn’t used the words “on the wrong track” and instead had gradations of dissatisfaction up to and including “burn the motherfucker to the ground”.

    I have a feeling some of these pollsters don’t REALLY want to know the level of disgust that is rising in America. So they use the softball “on the wrong track” to disarm any sense that things are getting extreme out here in flyover country.

    We’re not “on the wrong track.” We have run the locomotive off the rim of the Grand Canyon and are waiting for our date with the ground. Anyone who thinks this System just needs a tune-up should seek medical care post haste.

    • “We’re not “on the wrong track.” We have run the locomotive off the rim of the Grand Canyon and are waiting for our date with the ground.”

      Best quote to date

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