Hele 81 % av amerikanerne mener at landet beveger seg i feil retning. Økonomi har overtatt for Irak som den faktor som bekymrer mest. Pessimismen omfatter alle lag og leire.
In the poll, 81 percent of respondents said they believed «things have pretty seriously gotten off on the wrong track,» up from 69 percent a year ago and 35 percent in early 2002.
Although the public mood has been darkening since the early days of the war in Iraq, it has taken a new turn for the worse in the last few months, as the economy has seemed to slip into recession. There is now nearly a national consensus that the country faces significant problems.
A majority of nearly every demographic and political group — Democrats and Republicans, men and women, residents of cities and rural areas, college graduates and those who finished only high school — say the United States is headed in the wrong direction. Seventy-eight percent of respondents said the country was worse off than five years ago; just 4 percent said it was better off.
Folk ønsker ikke at staten redder bankene, men vil at konkurstruede boligeiere skal få hjelp. Det er hva John McCain har gått inn for. Et flertall mener de som tjener over 250.000 bør betale mer skatt. Omtrent like mange ønsker en «større» stat, enn de som vil slanke den: 43 %.