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Will the US Be Better Off in Four Years?

The rate of optimism in America has barely broken 50 percent since 1993; but this month hopefulness has spiked. A new Gallup poll shows that 72 percent of Americans think the country will be better off in four years from now, while only 20 percent think it will be worse off after Barack Obama's first term.

The optimism surrounding Barack Obama's inauguration stands out more when compared to that seen at the beginning of other presidential terms. When President Bush was inaugurated in 2005, 53 percent of the country said it would be better off by 2009. In 2001, 46 percent thought we would be better off by 2005; and in 1992, 51 percent said we would be better off after Clinton's first term.

While I'm pretty impressed that 72 percent have faith that things will get better, perhaps it just means many can't imagine a situation worse than the present.

UnDave35 UnDave35 8 years
It shows that overall, people have a positive outlook. For whatever reason, more and more people believe that we the future is going to be brighter. Maybe they just realize that the nearest star is about to go supernove on us, and burn the earth...
stephley stephley 8 years
"Since '01, the percent of people who thought the country would be better off in 4 years has steadily increased. Very telling." Interesting in what way? In that a growing number of people turned out to be very wrong...
UnDave35 UnDave35 8 years
I find the graph intersting. From '93 to '01, the percent of people who thought the country would be better off in 4 years declined, and the percent who thought it would be worse off uncreased. Since '01, the percent of people who thought the country would be better off in 4 years has steadily increased. Very telling.
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 8 years
I have no idea whether it will be better or worse, Hopefully better.
PinkNC PinkNC 8 years
I truly hope we'll be better off. I don't think anyone could seriously answer that one being that Barack has only been in office less than 2 days. I wish President Obama the best when it comes to making the right decisions for the country as a whole.
Indyprogirl Indyprogirl 8 years
I hate to be a pessimist, but I'm not seeing it getting any better in the near future. Even though I didn't vote for him, I'll admit that Obama is hopefully a step in the right direction. But until you get all the old folks out of Congress, etc... nothing is going to get done. They constantly fight & bicker over things when they need to step back & say "what's honestly better for the country?" Instead it's "Well, you're Republican so I can't agree with a damn word your saying & I'm going to close my ears & sing at the top of my lungs to drown you out" Or something along those lines.
stephley stephley 8 years
An elitist who drank the kool-aid Indie, I think you're there.
em1282 em1282 8 years
Haha, that totally applies to both of them! I like it when she calls him "Charles", too. It doesn't work when anyone else does it, though. :dude:
indielove indielove 8 years
I had to reread your post because I wasn't sure if you were talking about Obama or Charles(I love when Lily calls him that). :monkey:
em1282 em1282 8 years
Yup, it IS time to cheer up. Nice that he's got a place to live again, too. :dude: He was also rockin' that tux, so...nothing to complain about there!
MarinerMandy MarinerMandy 8 years
Agreed, Hainan. I finished reading Team of Rivals and Lincoln surrounded himself with intelligent people who disagreed with him. He made it clear that he always made the final decision, but he was certainly influenced by other ideas and perspectives. Too often politicians seem to let stubbornness or a misplaced belief in their own rightness prevent them from making well thought out decisions. It's a fabulous read and exactly what I want out of my leaders...although only a miniscule number of people have the ability to do the things Lincoln did so well.
indielove indielove 8 years
It's about time he gets happy because said uncle had to hightail it back to Oz with his tail between his legs. :monkey:
em1282 em1282 8 years
:rotfl: I think every post should end with that little monkey in the middle. What's Yoda's problem? He's looking very broody, like he just lost control of his father's company and assets and was forced to be watched over by his lame uncle.
indielove indielove 8 years
em, I sure hope you're not ending all of your comments with that little smiley guy. I know you're trying to stand out but don't you see how aggravating it is? How would you like it if I ended all of my comments with a :baby:? :monkey:? or better yet: :yoda:?
em1282 em1282 8 years
I totally qualify. Sign me up. :dude:
StolzeMama StolzeMama 8 years
I am actually fine with him using the republicans strategy, it is all of the people on here, the media, other politicians who are saying that Obama's current plan is genius but yet criticized those plans to no end when the came from a republican. I wish people would not be so quick to judge about flip flopping. It is not the actual act that gets me, but that the people can act as if it was their original idea all along.
indielove indielove 8 years
steph, give me the deets on how to get on the 'list'. Do you have to be an elitist? If so, I'm sure I qualify.
stephley stephley 8 years
Sssshhh about the bailout bux for student loans - you've got to be on 'the list' for that!
indielove indielove 8 years
Me too. :)
Jude-C Jude-C 8 years
I agree, MarinerMandy.
MarinerMandy MarinerMandy 8 years
No problem, I rarely finish my thoughts so I understand how you would interpret it that way. I think Obama changing course and deciding to keep taxes low shows that he is willing to consider other options and make decisions based on what he thinks is the right thing to do. Politicians are often criticized for flip flopping, but sometimes that's how you figure out the right course to take. It's that sort of spirit that makes me so optimistic about his administration.
amybdk amybdk 8 years
"Impeach the man!" :ROTFL: I totally got a big chunk of the bailout money for my student loans. Didn't you guys know about that?
StolzeMama StolzeMama 8 years
Thanks for the explanation Mariner- i am sorry I misinterpreted your comment. Since I was the one who made that comment about big government, it seemed it was inadvertently directed at me. It does go both ways. like the current situation, Obama is proposing we keep taxes low to stimulate the growth, but people criticized Bush and McCain for saying that.
indielove indielove 8 years
"Wait, amy...I still have to pay my student loans? Even after Obama won???" OMG...IS THIS TRUE??? I thought I was getting a free ride...a free ride in a fancy car. This is so not what I signed up for. Impeach the man!
StolzeMama StolzeMama 8 years
Yeah em, since I am the one who posted that I did not want big government. you can put- "this isn't about anyone in particular" but it is easy to see through that.
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