Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Most Americans believe U.S. on wrong track: Reuters/Ipsos poll

How many of them believe more responsible voting will somehow turn it all around? Probably a good many of them. It's the same reason most cancer treatments don't work: the symptoms are treated, not the disease itself. The disease is, your own weakness and sloth. If the shoe fits, of course. We've become decadent and lazy as a society, and so we vote in people who promise to hold our hands, tie our shoes, and cut our chicken at the dinner table for us. And then when the price of doing all this becomes unsustainable, we blame politicians for being fiscally irresponsible. But woe betide the man who suggests cutting back!

    Reuters -

    Americans by a large majority believe the United States is on the wrong track and nearly half think the worst is yet to come in the economy, a Reuters/Ipsos poll said Wednesday.

    President Barack Obama's approval rating dropped to 45 percent from 49 percent a month ago, according to the poll conducted from last Thursday to Monday -- a period that included a historic downgrade of America's credit rating, new recession fears and the start of a stock market sell-off.

    The poll found that 73 percent of Americans said the United States is on the "wrong track," and just 21 percent said the country is headed in the right direction.

    This is the highest figure measured so far since Reuters/Ipsos began polling American public opinion in February 2009.

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