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Attitudes Toward America's Future

In a Gallup poll two weeks ago, just 17 percent of respondents said that the country was on the right track, while 82 percent said it was on the wrong track. In an NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll shortly before that, the corresponding figures were 18 percent and 73 percent. ...
The NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll that I mentioned also found that 56 percent of respondents preferred a candidate who would bring sweeping changes to the way the government functioned, no matter how unpredictable those changes might be, while only 41 percent tilted toward someone with a steady and possibly incremental approach.
- Frank Bruni, The Trouble for Hillary, NYT, July 30, 2016



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- Satisfaction With the United States, Gallup, July 2016

Young people I know aren’t dismayed because a Republican presidential candidate won. They’re horrified because someone who lied, incited hatred, found joy in sexual harassment and denigrated the skin color and religions of people just like their friends will soon determine the course of their lives.

Just think of how young people on the threshold of adulthood see the world when a person who embodies the antithesis of character qualities their mothers and fathers worked so hard to instill — honesty, fairness, compassion, generosity — rises to occupy the most powerful office in the world.

- John Kelley, Sun Valley, Idaho, http://www.nytimes.com/2016/12/19/opinion/on-college-campuses-does-liberal-mean-illiberal.html" rel="external nofollow">Letter to the Editor, NYT, 12/19/2016






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