Country’s Mood At Historic Low

2 08 2008


“Only three events — Watergate, the Iran hostage crisis, and the economic downturn of 1992 — have driven below 30 percent the number who think things are going well,” CNN’s polling director Keating Holland said. The mood of the country has been assessed since 1974.

Only four presidents — Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford, Jimmy Carter, and the elder George Bush — have seen that number drop below 30 percent during their time in office; their parties all lost the White House in the next presidential election.

What does one say about them apples?




4 responses

2 08 2008

I wonder if our constant exposure to the facts contributes to public perception. I’m not saying one should eschew the news completely and bury their heads in the sand, but at what point does the constant influx of details cease to be informative and become damaging?

I notice a huge change in my personal outlook when I take temporary and personal vacations from the stream and focus on the areas I can change: myself, my family, my geographic community.

2 08 2008

Good point. I’ve done that this week. It has helped and I feel better than I have in months.
I also think we are in history-making times as well. The vibe right now reminds me of when Watergate happened. My grandfather made my sis and I watch it.
He would say “This changes everything. You are watching history.”

I think you are dead on about constant exposure. It’s the reason why, imho, that news cycles last a day or two now. As a country, we don’t absorb what’s going on.

2 08 2008

Might also have something to do with the Congressional leadership, or lack there of.

2 08 2008

I’m not disagreeing with you on that point in the least. 🙂

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