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AS STATE OF THE UNION APPROACHES, AMERICANS ARE DEEPLY PESSIMISTIC ABOUT THE STATE OF THE UNION
Powerline ^ | January 25, 2014 | JOHN HINDERAKER

Posted on 01/26/2014 8:37:12 AM PST by Hojczyk

Before you talk about poll responses, you have to be sure you know what the question was. Harris’s first question was: “At the end of the month, President Barack Obama will give his State of the Union to the American people. How would you rate the current state of the country?” The results:

Excellent: 3% Good: 17% Fair: 44% Poor: 36%

These results are dismal: 20% positive, and 80% negative. That is grim; Americans think the country in terrible shape. So, does that mean that people will be tuning in to Obama’s State of the Union speech in search of hope and guidance? No. Harris finds that only 28% of respondents intend to watch the broadcast. 32% won’t touch it with a stick, and the remaining 40% are “maybes,” but I’m pretty sure nearly all of them will decide to tune out. Hardly anyone believes that after five years of failure, Barack Obama still has something important to offer.

Americans’ pessimism about their country stretches across the board. Harris asked, “How would you rate how well the following issues are going in the country?” Again, here are the results. “Positive” means either excellent or “pretty good,” “Negative” means either “only fair” or poor:

Environment: 34% positive, 61% negative. Education: 29% positive, 67% negative. Health Care: 25% positive, 71% negative. The Economy: 23% positive, 74% negative. Jobs: 20% positive, 78% negative. Immigration: 16% positive, 75% negative.

These data show that Americans are profoundly unhappy with the state of their country. Pessimism is not the natural state of most Americans, but today, pessimism plainly reigns, especially with regard to the economy and jobs, always the Obama administration’s Achilles heels. And note that immigration won’t save the day:

(Excerpt) Read more at powerlineblog.com ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Government
KEYWORDS: obamasotu

1 posted on 01/26/2014 8:37:12 AM PST by Hojczyk
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To: Hojczyk

also from the article

And note that immigration won’t save the day: more unpopular than anything else with Americans is the status quo, where immigration laws are not enforced, millions of illegals live openly in the U.S. without any threat of deportation, and the country’s establishment has nothing to suggest other than importing tens of millions more unskilled workers to drive down the wages of America’s reeling working class.


2 posted on 01/26/2014 8:38:48 AM PST by Hojczyk
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To: Hojczyk
"AMERICANS ARE DEEPLY PESSIMISTIC ABOUT THE STATE OF THE UNION"

And well they should be.

The intelligent ones will take meaningful action.

The rest will continue to sink into decadence.

3 posted on 01/26/2014 8:42:05 AM PST by Savage Beast
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To: Hojczyk

Duh! not duh? DUH!


4 posted on 01/26/2014 8:46:38 AM PST by ronnie raygun
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To: Hojczyk
Excellent: 3%

Good: 17%

Fair: 44%

Poor: 36%

These results are dismal: 20% positive, and 80% negative.

The thing is, Obama/media will see this poll as only 36% of people think the economy is doing bad and will somehow link that number to the TEA Party and FOX viewers

5 posted on 01/26/2014 8:47:35 AM PST by digger48
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To: Hojczyk

I had better stock up on booze today...


6 posted on 01/26/2014 8:48:05 AM PST by RandallFlagg (IRS = Internal Revenge Service)
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To: Hojczyk

Anything Barry says during his big SOTU Show isn’t going to change that. He may get a few standing “O”s from his commie comrades when he regurgitates his now infamous, “I’ve got a pen. I’ve got a phone and I’ve got a race card. I don’t need no steenkin’ Congress! Period!” line.


7 posted on 01/26/2014 8:54:37 AM PST by FlingWingFlyer (ObamaCare. The "global warming" of healthcare plans.)
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To: Hojczyk

Well we better cheer up or we’ll be getting some of those Routine FBI Investigations like D’Souza.


8 posted on 01/26/2014 8:56:39 AM PST by The Toll
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To: Hojczyk

Why bother his State of the Union speeches are nothing more than mowing sand.


9 posted on 01/26/2014 9:01:48 AM PST by Vaduz
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10 posted on 01/26/2014 9:05:39 AM PST by RedMDer (Happy with this, America? Make your voices heard. 2014 is just around the corner. ~ Sarah Palin)
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Why would I watch the SOTU? I already know what he’s going to say. He’s going to give us his laundry list of what those “Damned Republicans” are supposed to do, otherwise they’re Raciss.


11 posted on 01/26/2014 9:25:59 AM PST by Cyber Liberty (H.L. Mencken: "The urge to save humanity is almost always a false front for the urge to rule.")
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We all know what the state of the Union is. Get rid of Obama and we might have some real good news again. I’d watch but have to clean the cat litter.


12 posted on 01/26/2014 9:30:13 AM PST by bikerman (Obama! if his lips are moving he's lying.)
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Obama should repeat the words of his predecessor — “Islam is a religion of peace.”

Wouldn’t surprise me at all if they did get another rousing applause twelve years later.

(Sigh)


13 posted on 01/26/2014 10:08:27 AM PST by 353FMG
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To: Hojczyk

Don’t worry, after the speech, polls will show that Obama changed the views to 100% positive!


14 posted on 01/26/2014 10:37:37 AM PST by fortheDeclaration (Pr 14:34 Righteousness exalteth a nation:but sin is a reproach to any people)
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To: Savage Beast
"The intelligent ones will take meaningful action."

Like outlawing more freedoms, regulating against domestic competition, perpetuating social pathologies, hiking fees and grabbing more properties. Meanwhile, they fill the air with more legalized and expensive dope smoke and the smells of homo-activities.


15 posted on 01/26/2014 12:41:00 PM PST by familyop (We Baby Boomers are croaking in an avalanche of corruption smelled around the planet.)
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To: Savage Beast

The more intelligent and moral ones would be building their own homes and producing useful things, if such activities weren’t illegal in most locales.


16 posted on 01/26/2014 12:43:14 PM PST by familyop (We Baby Boomers are croaking in an avalanche of corruption smelled around the planet.)
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To: Hojczyk

State of the Union - Chicago

I was talking ‘bout the state of the union
How there’s no one now in power thinking of me
I was saying how we ought to try to fix it
Find a leader who is not afraid to be

Then a voice came out of the darkness
Saying “Tear the system down”
Tear it down

I was thinking ‘bout how that was very crazy
And I tried to find a way to tell him so
But when I did I used a word that was quite nasty
How the policeman heard me man I’ll never know

Then a voice came out of the darkness
Saying “Tear the system down”
Tear it downdown to the ground

I was wrestled of to one side of the theater
And they said I’d have to go right to jail
They don’t permit coarse language in their city
But they did accept a large amount of bail

Then a voice came out of the darkness
Saying “Tear the system down”
Tear it downdown to the ground


17 posted on 01/26/2014 12:44:53 PM PST by dfwgator
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To: Hojczyk

THAT’S RACIST!!!!


18 posted on 01/26/2014 12:48:54 PM PST by right way right (America has embraced the suck of Freedumb.)
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To: familyop
That's sinking further into decadence.

The intelligent will bide their time, watching and waiting for the right opportunity...

The time will come.

19 posted on 01/27/2014 6:50:21 AM PST by Savage Beast
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To: familyop
The intelligent and moral will bide their time, watching and waiting for the right opportunity...

The time will come.

20 posted on 01/27/2014 6:51:50 AM PST by Savage Beast
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To: Savage Beast

I understand now. Well said.


21 posted on 01/27/2014 9:00:28 AM PST by familyop (We Baby Boomers are croaking in an avalanche of corruption smelled around the planet.)
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