A new A-B-C News/Washington Post survey indicates that confidence in the U.S. system of government has dropped to its lowest level in more than 35 years.
Only 26% of the Americans surveyed say they’re optimistic about “our system of government and how well it works”. That’s down 7% from October … and its lowest level since 1974. Almost 23% are pessimistic. The rest … a record high … say they are “uncertain” about the system.
What is feeding these negative responses? More than half the survey respondents say they don’t believe the economy has yet begun to recover. And 71% report “financial hardship” as a result of higher prices for gasoline. There are also more negative responses about the wars the U.S. is fighting and the partisanship in Washington.
It seems to me the bottom line here is that Americans are grumpy. The recession may be over but the jobs are not back … and prices keep rising while take-home pay does not keep pace.
Our thought for today is from John F. Kennedy:
“The American, by nature, is optimistic. He is experimental, an inventor, and a builder who builds best when called upon to build greatly.”