Are you satisfied with the way things are going in this country?
According to a Gallup poll (released on 3/14/2012), 26% of Americans are. At this mark, it is well over the all time low of 7% right after the government passed the TARP in October 2008 in the middle of the financial crisis. The satisfaction percentage has also steadily increased from a low of 11% in August-2011.
As economy has slowly recovered, more people will become optimistic—and that will be a main factor in the satisfaction percentage as 31% of people surveyed in this poll thought economy was most important to them.
I am, however, not in this group of “26 %” yet. I think this country still needs lots of corrections:
- Total national debt is very high, over 15 trillion—with 4 trillion coming from Obama’s administration in just 3 years 2010-2012. Ironically, only 9% of the people surveyed thought federal debt was the most important problem in this poll.
- Although economy has created jobs the last few months, I believe we are not even close to where we need/want to be. The underemployment rate is still high at about 14.9% while the unemployment rate is still 8.3%— unemployment/jobs was thought to be the most important problem by 26% of the people surveyed.
- I agree with 13% of this group who were dissatisfied with government/Congress/politicians. It seems to me we have 2 extreme groups of Democrats and Republicans in both Houses of Congress who seldom work together to solve problems at hand. Adding to that is a President who has his own radical agenda.
As we head into this year’s election, ask yourself these questions:
- Are you happy with the direction that this country is heading?
- Can we do better? Do we deserve better?
- Is it time for real changes in Washington D.C? Is it time to vote out those career Congressmen/Congresswomen/Senators who have spent over 12 years in D.C?