WE ARE FRUSTRATED WITH WASHINGTON
A new poll (from CBS) show Americans are frustrated with nearly everyone in Washington — including President Obama, Congress, and the Democratic and Republican parties — and have become increasingly pessimistic about what the future holds. Seven in ten Americans are dissatisfied with
the way things are going in Washington, including 22 percent who say they are “angry” about the situation. Opinions of both parties, meanwhile, are at or near historic lows: 55 percent of those surveyed hold unfavorable views of Republicans, and 54 percent hold unfavorable views of Democrats.
… The president’s job approval rating has fallen to 47 percent, and, perhaps more crucially, Americans no longer say he shares their priorities for the country.
… Just 13 percent say Obama’s economic programs, among them the massive economic stimulus package, have helped them personally. Eighteen percent say they have hurt, while two in three say there has been no effect.
… Looking ahead, one in two Americans say that life for the next generation will be worse than it is now, up from 32 percent last March. Just one in five expects it to be better.