From the “better late than never” department, Reuters reports in 81 percent of Americans think country on “wrong track”. From the survey of approximately 1,400 people:
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Four out of five Americans believe things are “on the wrong track” in the United States, the gloomiest outlook in about 20 years, according to a New York Times/CBS News poll released on Thursday.
The poll found that 81 percent of respondents felt “things have pretty seriously gotten off on the wrong track.” That was up from 69 percent last year and 35 percent in early 2003.
Only 4 percent of survey respondents said the country was better off than it was five years ago, while 78 percent said it was worse, the newspaper said.
The Times said Americans were more unhappy with the country’s direction than at any time since the survey started in the early 1990s.
I can only wonder what took the majority of the United States to come to this startling conclusion. It seems that the state of the economy is the most important concern for most Americans. Never mind that we invaded a nation for no real reason and based on manufactured evidence. It doesn’t really matter that hundreds of thousands of Iraqi civilians have died since our attacks. And we should probably sweep the trillions of dollars that the war will cost under the rug. What about all of the bail-outs and record-setting bonuses for oil company and sub-prime lending organizations’ CEOs? The Bush Administration has given dramatic and sweeping tax cuts to the extremely rich and has worked hard to all but eliminate the middle class.
But, when gasoline prices start to rise and average home prices fall, people seem to finally get it. It’s sad, really, that personal finances seem to be the most relevant motivators for public opinion.