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Gallup: Most Americans unsatisfied with country’s direction

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January 2, 2013
Americans Unsure if Best Times for U.S. Are Past or to Come
Many predict 2013 will be a year of difficulty
by Frank Newport
PRINCETON, NJ -- Americans are split when asked if the country's best years are ahead of us or behind us, with views on the future quite differentiated across party lines. Republicans are much more pessimistic about the future of the country than are Democrats.



These sentiments, measured in a Dec. 14-17 USA Today/Gallup poll, come at the end of a tumultuous political and economic year -- one which included a contentious presidential election, continuing sparring over the nation's economic policies, and the prospect of dramatic tax increases and government spending cuts as elected leaders argued over avoiding the "fiscal cliff" at year's end. The finding that Democrats are much more positive than Republicans about the future of the U.S. most likely reflects the fact that Democrats control the White House; Democrats are also currently much more positive about the status of the U.S. economy.

The same poll included several questions asking Americans to predict what the year 2013 will bring on economic, governmental, social, and international fronts.

Three of these questions focused on the economy, with results showing mixed predictions about the nation's economic state in 2013. Americans believe by almost a 2-1 margin that 2013 will be a year of economic difficulty rather than a year of prosperity. At the same time, they tilt toward the belief that 2013 will be a year of full or increasing employment rather than a year of rising unemployment. Americans also believe that 2013 will be a year in which prices will rise at a reasonable rate rather than at a high rate.
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IandLoveandYou
by Penny Lane on Jan. 3, 2013 at 2:16 PM
Republicans are more pessimistic than democrats?

I totally wouldn't have guessed that at all.
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jcrew6
by Jenney on Jan. 3, 2013 at 2:16 PM
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Bigger more intrusive government appears to make "some" happy.


Quoting imamomzilla:

 We're sliding into socialism. Shared misery. Nothing good comes from it.


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Billiejeens
by Ruby Member on Jan. 3, 2013 at 2:19 PM
Quoting jcrew6:




There is no legitimate reason to be unsatisfied, you all are just pissed off that a black man has saved the country, and I dare say, quite possibly the world.


MsDenuninani
by Bronze Member on Jan. 3, 2013 at 2:26 PM

The hiring practice of companies depends on a lot of things, including the global economy, which is, I believe, as big of an influence - if not bigger -- than domestic economic policy.  Government intervention is necessary, just as a matter of course, to protect the American worker in what is often essentially a global race to the bottom.

But I don't have any intention on defending government intervention, because any reasonable understanding of basic American history does so on its own.  I'll just say we are at a difficult moment in time for the American worker, and I think the optimism/pessimism statistics you posted are evidence of that.

And I remain optimistic.

jcrew6:

More and more companies are looking at more part time workers, less full time workers. Why? Government intervention. Businesses change their business model when governments intervene. After 2014 when ObamaCare is fully implemented, Obama will have totally changed the view of government, IMO.

Quoting MsDenuninani:

 


Quoting jcrew6:

It's newsworthy that since 2011, optimism about the future has been at all time lows. Prior to 2011, it hadn't been so low since 1983.



Quoting -Celestial-:

This isn't news. This country is always headed in the wrong direction.



Too many people with their own views on how they'd like it to be.


 


Which is interesting, because both 1983 and 2011 were bad economic years, and both Presidents won their re-election the following year.  I also think that the Obama-era is leading to a change in how we think about Government, in much the same way (but in the opposite direction) that the Reagan years changed how Americans thought of Government then.


But, overall, I think there are good reasons to be both optimistic and pessimistic.  The fact that there is such polarization in the country and in Congress are good reasons for pessimism (along with the fact that redistricting suggests that that polarization isn't going away anytime soon).


But the fact that compromises happen despite such polarization is reason for optimism, I think. 


Quite frankly, I feel good about 2013. 



imamomzilla
by on Jan. 3, 2013 at 2:33 PM

 That's because they are either too lazy or indifferent to think/provide for themselves.

"Who's your Daddy?" - The Government. 

SMH

Quoting jcrew6:

Bigger more intrusive government appears to make "some" happy.


Quoting imamomzilla:

 We're sliding into socialism. Shared misery. Nothing good comes from it.


 

                                                             nativity


Billiejeens
by Ruby Member on Jan. 3, 2013 at 3:21 PM
You terrify me more than the stupid people do. You seem bright, while being completely oblivious to the fact that we are working under a new paradigm. Nothing that this administration is doing will lead to economic growth, as that is not the goal. The goal is shrinkage.
Quoting MsDenuninani:

The hiring practice of companies depends on a lot of things, including the global economy, which is, I believe, as big of an influence - if not bigger -- than domestic economic policy.  Government intervention is necessary, just as a matter of course, to protect the American worker in what is often essentially a global race to the bottom.

But I don't have any intention on defending government intervention, because any reasonable understanding of basic American history does so on its own.  I'll just say we are at a difficult moment in time for the American worker, and I think the optimism/pessimism statistics you posted are evidence of that.

And I remain optimistic.

jcrew6:

More and more companies are looking at more part time workers, less full time workers. Why? Government intervention. Businesses change their business model when governments intervene. After 2014 when ObamaCare is fully implemented, Obama will have totally changed the view of government, IMO.

Quoting MsDenuninani:

 


Quoting jcrew6:

It's newsworthy that since 2011, optimism about the future has been at all time lows. Prior to 2011, it hadn't been so low since 1983.



Quoting -Celestial-:

This isn't news. This country is always headed in the wrong direction.



Too many people with their own views on how they'd like it to be.


 


Which is interesting, because both 1983 and 2011 were bad economic years, and both Presidents won their re-election the following year.  I also think that the Obama-era is leading to a change in how we think about Government, in much the same way (but in the opposite direction) that the Reagan years changed how Americans thought of Government then.


But, overall, I think there are good reasons to be both optimistic and pessimistic.  The fact that there is such polarization in the country and in Congress are good reasons for pessimism (along with the fact that redistricting suggests that that polarization isn't going away anytime soon).


But the fact that compromises happen despite such polarization is reason for optimism, I think. 


Quite frankly, I feel good about 2013. 




MsDenuninani
by Bronze Member on Jan. 3, 2013 at 4:35 PM

I have to say, hearing you say I terrify you is the most flattering thing I've read on cafemom -- more so than my "likes" :-)

That said, I should say that I believe generally I think the POTUS -any POTUS-  gets more credit, and also more blame, for the economy than is deserved. I think typically Presidents have more control over foreign policy than domestic policy, and that the economy is cyclical overall, and that there's a lot of global stuff (seriously, I don't have a more sophisticated word here than "stuff") going on that I can't begin to fully understand and that we really can't control, as much as we'd like.

But, really and truly, I find the idea that President Obama wants economic shrinkage rather than growth to be paranoid nonsense.  But it's not as though I could convince you or anyone else of a man's intent, so I won't try.  I can only say that I disagree, that I think his instincts are sound, and that I trust his judgment more than I do most of Congress's (and that includes a lot of Congressional Democrats). 

So you and I, at least, will always be at an impasse, at least as far as the administration goes, I think.

Quoting Billiejeens:

You terrify me more than the stupid people do. You seem bright, while being completely oblivious to the fact that we are working under a new paradigm. Nothing that this administration is doing will lead to economic growth, as that is not the goal. The goal is shrinkage.
Quoting MsDenuninani:

The hiring practice of companies depends on a lot of things, including the global economy, which is, I believe, as big of an influence - if not bigger -- than domestic economic policy.  Government intervention is necessary, just as a matter of course, to protect the American worker in what is often essentially a global race to the bottom.

But I don't have any intention on defending government intervention, because any reasonable understanding of basic American history does so on its own.  I'll just say we are at a difficult moment in time for the American worker, and I think the optimism/pessimism statistics you posted are evidence of that.

And I remain optimistic.

jcrew6:

More and more companies are looking at more part time workers, less full time workers. Why? Government intervention. Businesses change their business model when governments intervene. After 2014 when ObamaCare is fully implemented, Obama will have totally changed the view of government, IMO.

Quoting MsDenuninani:

 


Quoting jcrew6:

It's newsworthy that since 2011, optimism about the future has been at all time lows. Prior to 2011, it hadn't been so low since 1983.



Quoting -Celestial-:

This isn't news. This country is always headed in the wrong direction.



Too many people with their own views on how they'd like it to be.


 


Which is interesting, because both 1983 and 2011 were bad economic years, and both Presidents won their re-election the following year.  I also think that the Obama-era is leading to a change in how we think about Government, in much the same way (but in the opposite direction) that the Reagan years changed how Americans thought of Government then.


But, overall, I think there are good reasons to be both optimistic and pessimistic.  The fact that there is such polarization in the country and in Congress are good reasons for pessimism (along with the fact that redistricting suggests that that polarization isn't going away anytime soon).


But the fact that compromises happen despite such polarization is reason for optimism, I think. 


Quite frankly, I feel good about 2013. 


 



jcrew6
by Jenney on Jan. 3, 2013 at 4:41 PM

I disagree.  The economic impact of ObamaCare is growing as we learn more about the law that had to be passed to see what was in it.  Obama had complete control over that bill and the impact. 

Quoting MsDenuninani:

I have to say, hearing you say I terrify you is the most flattering thing I've read on cafemom -- more so than my "likes" :-)

That said, I should say that I believe generally I think the POTUS -any POTUS-  gets more credit, and also more blame, for the economy than is deserved. I think typically Presidents have more control over foreign policy than domestic policy, and that the economy is cyclical overall, and that there's a lot of global stuff (seriously, I don't have a more sophisticated word here than "stuff") going on that I can't begin to fully understand and that we really can't control, as much as we'd like.

But, really and truly, I find the idea that President Obama wants economic shrinkage rather than growth to be paranoid nonsense.  But it's not as though I could convince you or anyone else of a man's intent, so I won't try.  I can only say that I disagree, that I think his instincts are sound, and that I trust his judgment more than I do most of Congress's (and that includes a lot of Congressional Democrats). 

So you and I, at least, will always be at an impasse, at least as far as the administration goes, I think.

Quoting Billiejeens:

You terrify me more than the stupid people do. You seem bright, while being completely oblivious to the fact that we are working under a new paradigm. Nothing that this administration is doing will lead to economic growth, as that is not the goal. The goal is shrinkage.
Quoting MsDenuninani:

The hiring practice of companies depends on a lot of things, including the global economy, which is, I believe, as big of an influence - if not bigger -- than domestic economic policy.  Government intervention is necessary, just as a matter of course, to protect the American worker in what is often essentially a global race to the bottom.

But I don't have any intention on defending government intervention, because any reasonable understanding of basic American history does so on its own.  I'll just say we are at a difficult moment in time for the American worker, and I think the optimism/pessimism statistics you posted are evidence of that.

And I remain optimistic.

jcrew6:

More and more companies are looking at more part time workers, less full time workers. Why? Government intervention. Businesses change their business model when governments intervene. After 2014 when ObamaCare is fully implemented, Obama will have totally changed the view of government, IMO.

Quoting MsDenuninani:



Quoting jcrew6:

It's newsworthy that since 2011, optimism about the future has been at all time lows. Prior to 2011, it hadn't been so low since 1983.



Quoting -Celestial-:

This isn't news. This country is always headed in the wrong direction.



Too many people with their own views on how they'd like it to be.




Which is interesting, because both 1983 and 2011 were bad economic years, and both Presidents won their re-election the following year.  I also think that the Obama-era is leading to a change in how we think about Government, in much the same way (but in the opposite direction) that the Reagan years changed how Americans thought of Government then.


But, overall, I think there are good reasons to be both optimistic and pessimistic.  The fact that there is such polarization in the country and in Congress are good reasons for pessimism (along with the fact that redistricting suggests that that polarization isn't going away anytime soon).


But the fact that compromises happen despite such polarization is reason for optimism, I think. 


Quite frankly, I feel good about 2013. 






SallyMJ
by Ruby Member on Jan. 3, 2013 at 4:48 PM
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Not surprising.

With many companies now needing to have only 49 employees, or to make full-time employees part-time, in order to deal with the onerous business-killing costs and regulations of Obamacare.

And no improvement in the unemployment rate - when 8 million unemployed workers get discouraged and fall off the list - both as unemployed, and as PEOPLE (in the denominator). Sure, the percentage looks better, but they are fake, cooked numbers. And with exponentially higher numbers of Americans than ever on food stamps. Wouldn't the food stamp number fall, if employment really was getting better? Of course it would. Use your noggins, people!

gsprofval
by Gold Member on Jan. 3, 2013 at 4:58 PM

And 10,000 more people just applied for unemployment.....

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