Some 83 percent of the nation is dissatisfied with the state of the economy, an increase of 23 percent since January 2008. At the same time, 69 percent are unhappy with the size and power of the federal government and 68 percent are dissatisfied with the nation’s moral and ethical climate, a new Gallup poll
The dismal numbers arrive as President Barack Obama prepares to give his State of the Union address and his 2012 re-election bid moves into high gear.
However, not all the numbers are bad for Obama.
“On the positive end of things, Americans are the most satisfied with the overall quality of life in the U.S. as well as with two major aspects of U.S. national security: the nation’s security from terrorism and the nation’s military strength and preparedness,” Gallup reported. “Satisfaction with security from terrorism is up 14 points since 2008, while satisfaction has held steady in the other two areas.”
Some 76 percent of Americans expressed satisfaction with the overall quality of life, down just 6 points since January 2008. Those satisfied with the nation’s security from terrorism is up to 72 percent and those satisfied with the nation’s military strength and preparedness is up 5 points to 71 percent.
In other areas, Gallup found that 50 percent were satisfied with the nation’s laws or policies on guns, up 2 percent; 46 percent were satisfied with the opportunity to get ahead by working hard, down 15 percent; 50 percent were satisfied with the nation’s policies to reduce or control crime, up 2 percent’ and 30 percent were satisfied with the size and influence of major corporations, down 5 percent.
“This is Gallup’s first update of all 24 issues since January 2008, after previously tracking the questions annually since 2001,” Gallup noted. “Given the break from 2009 through 2011 for many of the items, it is not possible to say whether the recent declines seen in satisfaction occurred mainly in the last year of George W. Bush’s administration or since Obama took office.
“Nevertheless, it is clear that the national mood at the beginning of this presidential election year is quite different from the mood at the start of the last one,” Gallup said.
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