The fact that the amount of damage that was done on 09/11/2001 is miniscule compared to the damage done since then, it’s refreshing to see that people are finally realizing it. Rasmussen Reports’ article, 59% Say US Has Changed for the Worse Since 9/11, brings some statistics to light. According to the report:
Fifty-nine percent (59%) of Americans now believe that the events of six years ago changed America for the worse. That’s an increase from 54% a year ago. Just 21% believe that the nation has changed for the better because of that tragedy.
A plurality of Republicans (45%) now say the nation has changed for the worse since 9/11. That view is shared by 71% of Democrats and 61% of those not affiliated with either major party.
The increasing pessimism over the past six years has caused Americans to revise their assessment of the way that President Bush responded to the terrorist attacks. Today, just 42% rate his performance following 9/11 as good or excellent. That’s unchanged from a year ago, but down from 51% two years ago and 56% three years ago.
Sixty-eight percent (68%) of Republicans now say the President did a good or excellent job following the terrorist attacks. That view is shared by just 24% of Democrats and 36% of unaffiliateds.
More than a third of all Americans, 35%, now say the President’s response following 9/11 was poor. That’s up from 32% a year ago.
What’s surprising to me is that we still have a large portion of the United States that has bought all of the rhetoric and corruption of the last several years. The most recent estimates show that we’re spending approximately $3.0 billion per week in Iraq. I’m still left wondering: What more incentive could it possibly take to clean up the United States and the people who got us into this mess?