Gallup: Americans pretty pessimistic about national condition

posted at 3:25 pm on August 18, 2011 by Ed Morrissey

Normally, Americans are an optimistic people, but not so much lately, as Gallup reports from its latest survey.  The mood has turned decidedly sour, especially lately, as American satisfaction hits its lowest level since Barack Obama took office — and one of the lowest ratings in the 32-year history of the series:

Americans’ satisfaction with the way things are going in the United States has fallen back to 11%, the lowest level since December 2008 and just four percentage points above the all-time low recorded in October 2008.

The Aug. 11-14 Gallup poll finds satisfaction down five points from July (16%) and nine points since June (20%). The dip is likely a response to the recent negotiations to raise the federal debt ceiling and continued concern about the national economy amid a volatile stock market. The recent downing of a U.S. military helicopter in Afghanistan resulting in the deaths of 30 U.S. servicemen could also be contributing to Americans’ glum mood.

Gallup began measuring Americans’ satisfaction with national conditions in 1979. Since then, satisfaction has been lower than the current 11% in only a few measurements in the final months of 2008. The all-time low of 7% came in an Oct. 10-12, 2008, poll, conducted shortly after stock values plummeted following Congress’ passage of the TARP legislation in response to the September 2008 financial crisis.

When Obama took office, the rating hit a peak of 36% — a rather weak peak in this series — as the nation looked forward to change after the economic collapse in 2008.  The satisfaction level has slid downward since, but this latest result is a rather steep drop from two months ago.

The cause seems pretty obvious when Gallup breaks out the specific concerns.  The top issues are the economy (31%), jobs (29%), the federal deficit and/or national debt (17%), and a general dissatisfaction with government.  The top three issues are a direct result of Obama’s economic and budgetary plans, and that means that 77% of those who are concerned about the national condition are going to look at Obama as the cause first.  It’s not much wonder that Obama only scored a 26/71 approval on economics under these conditions from Gallup yesterday.

Further corroboration of this problem comes from Gallup’s party breakdown of the numbers.  Only 19% of Democrats are satisfied with the national condition, but that’s more than double the level for Republicans (9%) and independents (8%).  Deeply unhappy voters are not going to back a second term for the man in charge, not unless they get happy in a hurry.  From what we’re seeing of the economy this week and this summer, they’re more likely to get even more unhappy instead.

Let’s not get too glum, however.  A reader sent me this video comparing Barack Obama’s litany of excuses for the failure of Obamanomics with a classic movie scene from The Blues Brothers.  If you’re singing the blues, maybe this will bring you a little cheer:

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Too bad for President Downgrade,

But as they say, you bone it you own it.

Chip on August 18, 2011 at 3:30 PM

Instant Classic!

Rovin on August 18, 2011 at 3:31 PM

I think the only person happy about this … Jimmy Carter.

Tony737 on August 18, 2011 at 3:31 PM

Gallup: Americans pretty pessimistic about national condition

Funny, if you just changed the person in the White House, that perception would change.

Vashta.Nerada on August 18, 2011 at 3:31 PM

No stinken kidding! What is there to be happy about? I might crack a smile in 2012 when that slug bho is out of the wh!

letget on August 18, 2011 at 3:32 PM

More bad luck…

PatriotRider on August 18, 2011 at 3:34 PM

No stinken kidding! What is there to be happy about? I might crack a smile in 2012 when that slug bho is out of the wh!

letget on August 18, 2011 at 3:32 PM

By then it will be all over but the shootin’…

PatriotRider on August 18, 2011 at 3:35 PM

Jimmy Carter is smiling because he knows he is no longer the worst President ever…

Khun Joe on August 18, 2011 at 3:35 PM

The top three issues are a direct result of Obama’s economic and budgetary plans, and that means that 77% of those who are concerned about the national condition are going to look at Obama as the cause first.

Worth repeating.

Chip on August 18, 2011 at 3:36 PM

And yet half of those nitwits will still vote for King Barry.

Knucklehead on August 18, 2011 at 3:36 PM

awesome video!

Weight of Glory on August 18, 2011 at 3:36 PM

It’s all Bush’s fault!!!

GarandFan on August 18, 2011 at 3:38 PM

Hope sank.

faraway on August 18, 2011 at 3:38 PM

Even my skittles spewing invisible ghost unicorn has turned pessimistic.

rbj on August 18, 2011 at 3:39 PM

What do you expect? We had the Tea Party oil spill, the Tea Party tsunami, the Tea Party floods, the Tea Party Arab Spring, the Tea Party London riots, the Tea Party 100 car pile up, and the Tea Party UFO abductions.

But hey, we got Bin Laden, and MSM is pysched to dig up dirt on Rick Perry, so it’s all good.

ardenenoch on August 18, 2011 at 3:40 PM

Dark Parallels, Not With Carter But With FDR By WALTER WILLIAMS

Roosevelt’s agenda was not without its international admirers. The chief Nazi newspaper, Volkischer Beobachter, repeatedly praised

“Roosevelt’s adoption of National Socialist strains of thought in his economic and social policies” and “the development toward an authoritarian state” based on the “demand that collective good be put before individual self-interest.”

FDR’s very own treasury secretary, Henry Morgenthau, saw the folly of the New Deal, writing:

“We have tried spending money. We are spending more than we have ever spent before and it does not work. … We have never made good on our promises. … I say after eight years of this administration we have just as much unemployment as when we started … and an enormous debt to boot!”

Just remember what happened just after this time period.

NMRN123 on August 18, 2011 at 3:40 PM

The mood will start to improve around the evening of November 6, 2012.

AZCoyote on August 18, 2011 at 3:43 PM

OMG! The video…too funny!

tinkerthinker on August 18, 2011 at 3:44 PM

Obozo is not stupid which causes me to wonder what his true end goal is

KMC1 on August 18, 2011 at 3:44 PM

Courage.

aquaviva on August 18, 2011 at 3:45 PM

And yet half of those nitwits who bother to get off the couch and go to the polls will still vote for King Barry.

Knucklehead on August 18, 2011 at 3:36 PM

Hope that helps a bit! :-)

Mary in LA on August 18, 2011 at 3:45 PM

Hope your having a nice 1st day of vacation Douche Bag…

DOW down over 500…

PatriotRider on August 18, 2011 at 3:45 PM

Obozo is not stupid which causes me to wonder what his true end goal is

KMC1 on August 18, 2011 at 3:44 PM

Umm, the imposition of socialism? The destruction of a country and culture he grew up despising?

Mary in LA on August 18, 2011 at 3:46 PM

Obozo is not stupid which causes me to wonder what his true end goal is

KMC1 on August 18, 2011 at 3:44 PM
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http://www.discoverthenetworks.org/Articles/theclowardpivenstrategypoe.html

NMRN123 on August 18, 2011 at 3:47 PM

I think bho is stupid, mo and jarrett are NOT and they are the ones in charge, IMO!
L

letget on August 18, 2011 at 3:53 PM

HELLO? Is anybody there? Is anyone there who believes this man? Impeachment should be considered by rational people, before this man takes his agenda to the limit and there’s no return to the United States of America.

afotia on August 18, 2011 at 4:01 PM

You know when these polls will instantly turn around? November 2012!

DrStock on August 18, 2011 at 4:03 PM

Did we really need a poll for this? My God, just go to the blogs, go outside, go to a store. It’s all around us!

Thank you Obutthead, and thank you to the 52% who brought us to this point.

capejasmine on August 18, 2011 at 4:04 PM

“This president is grossly inept” — Trump

Schadenfreude on August 18, 2011 at 4:05 PM

So if Republicans drove the economy into a ditch then I guess this is the what BHO is doing:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IIdGxR-aU6o

hisfrogness on August 18, 2011 at 4:07 PM

Great.

Now re-edit this so it starts with Obama starting his press conference, then the whole bulk being Belushi’s excuses, the back to Obama’s ending.

30 seconds.

National TV. RNC has work to do.

These 1 min ads on HotAir are great. I enjoy them, but no one else, including independent voters, will care unless it’s on national TV.

Danny on August 18, 2011 at 4:41 PM

Interesting. Guy in my office was polled by Gallup on this last night.

TexasDan on August 18, 2011 at 4:42 PM

“This president is grossly inept” — Trump

Gee whiz, you think? Just thank God he is inept. As an incompetent Marxist, he’s bad enough. Think where we would be if he were actually competent!

hachiban on August 18, 2011 at 5:38 PM

Malaise, a la Carter…

Dhuka on August 18, 2011 at 6:05 PM

Those out of work are drowning in debt and loss of hope. Obama claims to have a life preserver that will save them. But he’ll only toss it to them after he enjoys two weeks vacation on Marthas Vineyard.

First things first, ya know!

Louis on August 19, 2011 at 7:58 AM