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

- 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

Bob, Minnesota, 12/24/18
"The only problem our economy has is the Fed" Really. How about the tariffs imposed without thought of consequences? Government shut down because of temper tantrum over wall that Mexico is not paying for? Complete disfunction in the White House? Twitter comments about firing the chairman of the Federal Reserve? A ballooning federal deficit because of tax cuts that did not pay for themselves? A correction in the market was over due. Hopefully this inept administration won't make it worse.

smb, vermont, 12/24/18
start a trade war, demand a border wall, shut down the government, exit syria, and fire the secretary of defense during ongoing investigations of obstruction, collusion and corruption. and if the markets respond by nosediving? "it's the fed's fault." here comes the part where farce turns to tragedy.

Brad, Oregon, 12/24/18
Jeb Bush had it right when he said "trump is a chaos candidate and would be a chaos president "
Bobby Jindal was right when he called trump an "immoral and unstable narcissist "

trump is exactly what many of us knew he would be.
what will be left of our once great country, identity and standing in the word post-trump?

- Comments on Alan Rappeport, Trump Renews Attack on Fed as Mnuchin Tries to Calm Markets, NYT, Dec. 24, 2018

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